Finally, the 2020 season is here after a lot of devotion by the league to ensure the season kicks-off amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There were many obstacles along the way that threatened this year’s season from happening due to fears of coronavirus, which is airborne, and one can get it through mingling with other people who are already infected by the virus.
The NFL has strategically laid down contingency plans to ensure the games go on smoothly and effectively without any hiccups regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in our midst. The coaches, players, employees, and fans healthy safety are a significant priority in ensuring the entire season plays to the last game.
Indeed, we have something to distract us from all that has been going on since the outbreak of the COVID-19, after months of quarantining ourselves in our homes, keeping social distance, and adhering to government directives in obeying-imposed curfews and restrictions in response to curb the spread of coronavirus. Now we have the NFL 2020 season to celebrate as teams play against each other alongside families and friends.
Teams are rushing in signing new players while extending contracts to their players, and this has seen records broken as they spend massive sum of money to get the players or keep their players within the team.
On Friday, Kicker Brandon McManus agreed to a 4-year extension with the Denver Broncos worth up to $17.2M, with $9.5M guaranteed. McManus was relieved following the contract signing since he was slated to become a free agent at the end of this season. Luckily, the contract extension will see him with the Denver Broncos until 2024.
McManus, 29 years old, joins in the top 5 of highest-paid kickers in the league, with an average of $4.25M annually. The contract amount is behind Ka’ima Fairbairn of Houston Texans $4.41M, and with Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens holding the number one spot with $5M per year.
It was a good deal for both the team and McManus, who is the second in Broncos history with 81.5 percentage goal attempts on the field in his career, and alongside Prater, they tie for the third place in team history with 141 made field goals.
In the 2015 postseason, McManus made 10-of-10 in the field goal attempts, and that season was the 2nd most made field goals in a single postseason in playoff history, and the Broncos won the Super Bowl 50 that year. Last season, he completed 85.3 percent of his field goals, making it the best season so far of his career.
In his 6-year career with the Denver Broncos, McManus has proven to be a crucial player for Denver’s kicker position, and only he and Von Miller left from their Super Bowl champion team of 2016.
Expectations are high for McManus to keep on performing even much better this season, with Bronco’s special team’s coach Tom McMahon consistently praising him and insisting he is ready for the season.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.