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Though Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons is not a household name, he could become one during free agency. The 26-year-old has emerged as an elite free safety and is coming off a stellar 2019 campaign.
This past season, Simmons racked up 93 tackles, a career-high 15 passes defended and four interceptions. He will be a hot name on the open market if Denver allows him to reach free agency.
The Broncos have the cap space (nearly $62 million) to make him a competitive long-term offer, or they otherwise could use the franchise tag. Tagging Simmons would prevent from reaching the market while the two sides negotiate a long-term deal.
Simmons wouldn’t necessarily object to the franchise tag, either.
“I don’t know if I’m the type of guy who would sit out. Playing is my passion and if it happens, it happens,” he said, per Mike Klis of 9News Denver. “Obviously, we’d like to get a long-term deal done and speaking with [general manager John] Elway and all the guys there, they’re great and I love the system. I think the system fits for both parties.”
Expect the Broncos to tag Simmons by the March 10 deadline.
Prediction: Denver gives Simmons the non-exclusive franchise tag.
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