Justin Simmons will stay in Denver for a minimum of the 2021 season. For a second straight 12 months, the Broncos have franchise tagged their Professional Bowl free security however will proceed to work towards a long-term contract. A second tag will value Denver roughly $13.73 million. Simmons made $11.44 million below the tag final season. The Broncos have till 4 p.m. on July 15 to signal Simmons to a longterm deal.
The 27-year-old Simmons was the 98th general decide within the 2016 draft. Over the previous 5 years, he has blossomed right into a top-tier defensive again. A starter because the 2017 season, Simmons was chosen to his first Professional Bowl in 2020 after recording a career-high 5 interceptions. In 74 regular-season video games, Simmons has 16 interceptions, 37 passes defensed, 385 tackles and 11 tackles for loss.
“Designating Justin with the franchise tag is a procedural transfer that enables us to proceed engaged on a long-term deal,” Broncos common supervisor George Paton mentioned in a press release Friday. “We’re fully targeted on ensuring Justin stays a giant a part of the Denver Broncos for a few years to return.”
Simmons just lately expressed his want to stay with the Broncos throughout an look on SiriusXM NFL Radio. He was just lately tabbed by CBS Sports activities senior author Pete Prisco because the NFL’s eighth-best pending free agent.
“From every thing that I’ve heard and that I have been part of for 5 years now, it looks as if Denver desires me again and I need to be there,” Simmons mentioned, through Professional Soccer Speak. “On the finish of the day, it’s a enterprise. It is only a matter of it figuring out on either side.”
Simmons’ market worth is at present estimated at 5 years at $15.4 million per season, in keeping with Spotrac. Whereas the Broncos don’t at present have a lot cap house, they’ve a number of choices because it pertains to reducing wage. A type of choices can be adjusting the contract of Von Miller, who at present carries a $22.2 million cap hit. The Broncos are at present in the course of contract talks with Miller, who is at present below a prison investigation.