The Broncos remarkably launched kicker Brandon McManus previously today. It perhaps shouldn’t have actually been a surprise.
“Ultimately, you’re constantly looking at what’s in the best interest for your team,” head coach Sean Payton informed press reporters. “A lot of the time, money and what your ‘musts’ are come into it. You guys know this better than anyone, the transactions continue here from now until training camp. There may be a player of two that we are still looking to sign. We factored a lot of that in and then we made that decision.”
By launching McManus, the Broncos prevented $3,650,000 in wage, and produced that exact same quantity in cap area.
Beyond the wage, there’s another aspect that possibly affected the choice. Payton is a disciple of Bill Parcells, and Parcells normally liked his kickers and punters to be seen and not heard.
McManus in 2015 boycotted OTAs, and after that he appeared for the last sessions to discuss why he didn’t appear. The year prior to, McManus was among the general public voices speaking up versus OTAs, at a time when the union attempted to get increasingly more gamers to keep services throughout voluntary drills.
Regardless of the Payton-Parcells angle, the union activity most likely didn’t agree with brand-new ownership, provided Wal-Mart’s really strong and effective efforts to prevent unionization. (Google what occurred after a little group of meat cutters in Jacksonville, Texas ended up being the very first staff members in business history to vote to unionize.)
Thus, while McManus still has something to include (as evidenced by Jacksonville’s choice to catch him rapidly), his release in Denver possibly sends out a not-so-subtle message to the locker space. And especially to the gamers who can be quickly changed.
Sean Payton discusses choice to launch Brandon McManus initially appeared on Pro Football Talk