The New York Giants had announced earlier today that they planned to waive kicker Brandon McManus. But prior to the 4:00 PM EST deadline that would have made McManus subject to waivers, the Denver Broncos swooped in and acquired him via trade for a conditional 7th round pick.
McManus, who had a very strong preseason with the Giants and gave Josh Brown a very competitive kicking competition, ended up losing out to Brown for the job, but since Denver was in need of a kicker with Matt Prater's situation, they decided to make the deal with the Giants to get an up and coming kid whose shown he has a very strong leg.
Prater will have to serve a four-game suspension at the beginning of the 2014 season for violating their substance abuse policy, and thus, why Denver gave up the conditional draft pick to get McManus.
Prater will be back with the Broncos for Week 5, so it's not clear what Denver will do once he returns from his suspension, but for the time being, McManus will be a starting kicker for the AFC Champions come Week 1 of the regular season and will be in a stadium that bodes well for kickers since the air is thin from the climate and longer field goals tend to go through.
With Brown being re-signed for a second season with the Giants, it was a longshot that the undrafted rookie kicker would make the Giants, but he sure gave it his best shot and while he didn't make the Giants, he quickly got a chance to make another team because of his strong performance.
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