Broncos kicker Brandon McManus signs extension

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Kicker Brandon McManus will be with the Broncos for four more years after signing an extension contract, the team announced Monday before the season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.

“Brandon’s made a lot of big kicks and is an important weapon for our team,” Broncos general manager John Elway said.

In June, McManus signed a one-year restricted free agent tender with the Broncos worth $2.8 million.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the extension is worth $8.25 million with $6 million guaranteed.

The deal makes McManus the fourth-highest paid kicker in NFL, Shefter said.

McManus was named a team captain along with Von Miller, Aqib Talib, Demaryius Thomas and Trevor Siemian last week.

After not being picked in the 2013 NFL draft, McManus signed with the Indianapolis Colts before being waived.

He then played four preseason games for the New York Giants in 2014 before being traded to the Broncos.

McManus served as a replacement while Matt Prater was suspended.

After Prater was released, McManus lost the starting job to Connor Barth but stayed on the team as a kickoff specialist before getting the starting job back in 2015.

McManus has since helped the Broncos win several games with his field-goal attempts and is the most accurate kicker in team history at 84.5 percent in the regular season and postseason.