With kicker Josh Brown a pending unrestricted free agent, the New York Giants added a potential Plan B option on Friday, signing former Temple Owls kicker/punter Brandon McManus to a Reserve/Futures contract.
"Leading up to the last week of the season, we were talking to a bunch of teams, and there were two teams that really liked me," McManus told OwlScoop.com during a phone interview Friday afternoon. "The Giants did and Indianapolis wanted me back. We kind of took our time to figure out what would be the best situation. With Adam Vinatieri in Indianapolis and Josh Brown in New York, both of their contracts were up so we were trying to figure out where the best spot would be."
McManus, who received first-team all-Big East honors in 2012, was originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted rookie free agent, but was released as the team trimmed their roster down to 53 men.
During his time at Temple, McManus handled both the kicking and punting duties, setting nearly every single Owls kicking/punting record including the all-time scoring record.
In addition to the Giants, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals were all also vying to sign the kicker/punter, but he decided on New York due to the aforementioned Josh Brown becoming a free agent, but also because he has a previous relationship with Big Blue Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn.
"They liked me coming out of college at Temple, so I've always had a good relationship with Coach Quinn and they wanted me there," McManus said. "They said they're not sure if they're going to re-sign Josh Brown, but kicking, they said, is one position where they might want to get some youth. So we decided to go there."
Because of this signing, we have updated the 2014 Free Agency Scorecard.
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