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Justin Simmons and the Broncos have agreed to a long-term deal, according to Benjamin Allbright. The Safety was tagged for a second time earlier in the off-season.
Simmons' contract is reportedly a four-year, $61 million deal, with $35 million in guarantees. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' eighth-best Safety last season.
In a move that was widely expected, the Broncos have officially placed the franchise tag on safety Justin Simmons.
This news comes as no surprise and could merely serve as a placeholder in extension talks. As Allbright later added, "the Broncos' intent is to have Simmons playing on a long term deal." The 27-year-old Boston College product has been a force in the defensive backfield for several years, finally earning his first career Pro Bowl selection this past season. In 2020, he started 16 games, posting nine passes defended and a career-high five interceptions. He also accrued 96 tackles, which was just one shy of tying his career-best.
NFL Network's James Palmer reports that the expectation for Justin Simmons is that he'll be franchise tagged again if a long term contract is not agreed upon by March 9th.
The All-Pro safety played under the franchise tag for the 2020 NFL season. Now an unrestricted free agent, Simmons could be franchise tagged once again if the long term deal isn't agreed upon. It's clear the Broncos do not want to let Simmons walk.
Denver Broncos star safety Justin Simmons missed Wednesday's practice for non injury related reasons.
Simmons is playing on the franchise tag and has been one of the lone bright spots in the secondary for the Broncos. His completion percentage against is not great, but he is well on his way to setting a new career-high in interceptions. Simmons has been a rock-solid DB2 option for IDP managers and should be one once again if he is active against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 10.
Simmons recorded six tackles on Monday night.
The four-year veteran had a respectable night against the Titans on Monday night. Simmons produced four solo tackles and two assisted tackles. Look for continued production when the Broncos visit the Steelers in Week 2.