ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos waived kicker Brandon McManus on Tuesday and replaced him with veteran Connor Barth.
Barth, 28, hasn’t kicked in a regular-season game since the 2012 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He did not play in 2013 after suffering a torn right Achilles tendon (his kicking leg) in a charity basketball game to benefit the Wilmington (North Carolina) Police Recreation Association.
The Broncos worked out both Barth and Jay Feely and came away impressed enough with the former’s recovery to sign him. He will handle kickoffs as well for the Broncos. Barth, who was 2-of-2 on field-goal attempts this past preseason, was released by the Buccaneers just before the start of the regular season.
The Broncos have called McManus an NFL-worthy prospect and even traded a seventh-round draft pick to the New York Giants to acquire him during the preseason. But in what Fox routinely calls “a performance-based business,” the Broncos decided McManus’ play in recent weeks dictated the move.