Sean Payton explains the choice to launch Brandon McManus

The Broncos surprisingly launched kicker Brandon McManus earlier this week. It most likely should not have come as a shock.

“On the finish of the day, you are all the time what’s finest on your workforce,” head coach Sean Payton informed reporters. “Plenty of time, cash and what your ‘necessities’ go into it. You already know this higher than anybody, the offers right here proceed from now till coaching camp. There may be a two-man participant that we’re nonetheless in search of. We took it into consideration lots after which made that call.”

By releasing McManus, the Broncos averted $3,650,000 in wage and created the identical quantity in cap house.

Along with wage, there’s one other aspect that will affect the choice. Peyton is a pupil of Invoice Parcells, and Purcells typically preferred his stooges and conspirators to be seen and never heard.

McManus boycotted OTAs final 12 months, after which he confirmed up at current periods to elucidate why he did not present up. Final 12 months, McManus was one of the public voices talking out in opposition to OTAs, at a time when the union was making an attempt to get increasingly more gamers to waive their companies throughout voluntary drills.

Whatever the Peyton-Parcells angle, union exercise most likely didn’t sit nicely with the brand new possession, given Wal-Mart’s very sturdy and profitable efforts to keep away from unionization. (Google what occurred after a small group of meat cutters in Jacksonville, Texas turned the primary staff in firm historical past to vote for a union.)

So whereas McManus nonetheless has one thing so as to add (as evidenced by Jacksonville’s resolution to maneuver rapidly on him), releasing him in Denver sends a doubtlessly not-so-subtle message to the locker room. And particularly these gamers who could be simply changed.

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