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Denver places RFA tenders on McManus and Davis

Brandon McManus and Todd Davis are officially staying with the team as Denver placed 2nd round tenders on each player

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The Denver Broncos announced today that they tendered two of their restricted free agents: Brandon McManus and Todd Davis. These moves are a bit of a formality as most of us expected both players to be retained.

The decision to place the 2nd round tenders mean each player will cost $2.746M against the salary cap this year. The move makes McManus the 8th-highest paid kicker in the NFL.

While it is a little more expensive than the original round tender ($1.67M), Denver avoids a team attempting sign them away or drive their price up, as Nicki points out in the article below.

This move makes Brandon McManus the #10 highest paid kicker in the NFL. It will be interesting to see if Denver attempts to work out an extension with McManus this season as they did with linebacker, Brandon Marshall when placing the 2nd round tender on him.

Speaking of linebackers, this move is a big pay increase for Todd Davis and indicates the organization’s confidence in his ability to continue his starting role next to Brandon Marshall in the middle.

Andrew Mason writes that Vance Joseph praised Davis recently while being interviewed at the combine.

Davis' work caught the eye of Head Coach Vance Joseph during the new coach's review of the footage from the 2016 season after he took the job in January.

"Todd Davis is a physical player; he's a physical, downfield [middle] 'backer," Joseph said at the Scouting Combine last week. "He fits the mold of what we want."

In addition to the RFA tenders, Denver also exercised tenders on eight of their exclusive rights free agents. Players receiving ERFA tenders are:

C Matt Paradis, ILB Zaire Anderson, OLB Shaquil Barrett, C James Ferentz, RB Kapri Bibbs, LS Casey Kreiter, and WRs Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor.