Brandon McManus Trade: Giants deal PK to Denver Broncos

Ed Valentine

Before the New York Giants could waive placekicker Brandon McManus, something they announced earlier Tuesday they would do, the Giants have been able to trade McManus to the kicker-needy Denver Broncos.

That conditional pick is likely tied to whether or not the Broncos actually carry McManus on the roster when the season opens. Getting a pick for a placekicker they weren't going to keep is a nice get for the Giants and GM Jerry Reese.

McManus, who impressed in preseason with a strong leg, figured to land an NFL job somewhere. It just didn't figure to happen this way, with the Broncos trading for a placekicker who has yet to kick in an NFL game.

McManus lost a placekicking competition last year with the Indianapolis Colts to Adam Vinatieri. This year the Giants chose to keep Josh Brown.

The Broncos need a kicker with Matt Prater suspended for the first four games for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

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