Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons

Denver Broncos use franchise tag on safety Justin Simmons

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By Keegan Hartman March 13, 2020 0 Comment
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The Denver Broncos used their franchise tag on safety Justin Simmons. He remains a high priority for the organization this offseason to lock up longterm.

On Friday, the Denver Broncos placed their franchise tag on second-team All-Pro safety Justin Simmons. It was one of the more likely moves for the Denver Broncos this offseason with 15 unrestricted free agents. Simmons’ franchise tag is one of the many tags announced this week. General manager John Elway mentioned that the tag was a placeholder for a longterm deal.

“We remain focused on reaching a long-term contract agreement with Justin, and he’s a big priority for us,” Broncos general manager John Elway said in a statement Friday. “This is a placeholder in that process and our goal is the same — to make sure that Justin is a Bronco for a long time.”

In what was set to be a deadline of Thursday, March 12th at 4 pm ET, the NFL Players Association agreed to move the franchise tag deadline back to Monday, March 16th at 4 pm ET in light of the newly proposed CBA’s voting period being extended. March 16th also marks the official time for teams to begin their legal tampering period. Justin Simmons is/was the seventh-best player in this year’s NFL free agency class, according to NFL.com.

Simmons, a former third-round pick out of Boston College, thrived this season for the Broncos, recording the best numbers of his career. With the addition of head coach Vic Fangio in the offseason under Fangio’s new defensive scheme. Simmons finished the 2019-20 season with 80 solo tackles, four interceptions, and allowed 25 receptions. Of those categories, two of the three Simmons finished in the top 10 among fellow safeties. He ended the season as PFF’s highest-ranked safety. Additionally, according to Pro Football Focus, Simmons finished the 2019-’20 as PFF’s 17th best player in the league among their Top 101 list.

In 2019, only four NFL safeties earned around/up to $14 million: Titans’ Kevin Byard, Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu, ‘Skins’ Landon Collins, and Ravens’ Earl Thomas. Justin Simmons enters his fourth season in the NFL and will make nearly $11.55 million. Broncos’ GM John Elway expects the Broncos and Simmons to reach a long-term deal before the start of the 2020 NFL season.

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