The Denver Broncos place the franchise mark on safety Justin Simmons for the second season in a row, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday.
Simmons, who was poised to become an unlimited free agent, will be the first player to be tagged this offseason. The Broncos now have until July 15 to draft a long-term deal.
“Justin is one of our core guys and our goal since I came here was to sign him to a long-term deal,” Broncos general manager George Paton said Thursday. “We’ve had good discussions with his agent. I don’t know if we’ll get a deal or not, but that’s our goal. He’s the type of guy we want to expand.
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Simmons, the Broncos’ third pick in the 2016 draft, played on the $ 11.4 million franchise player brand in 2020. He finished with 96 tackles and five interceptions. It was his third 90-stroke season in a row. He has consistently been an active player in driving defense along the line of scrimmage with the versatility to match a range of players in coverage.
The 27-year-old Simmons has the combination of on-site performance and local community involvement as he has played every defensive snap for each of the last three seasons and was named the Broncos’ nominee last season for Walter Payton. Man of the Year award.
When Paton was hired in January, Broncos president of football operations John Elway said the attempt to sign Simmons was “one of the biggest things Paton had on his to-do list.
Simmons has consistently been one of the most active players in the community and one of the team’s leading voices in social justice initiatives.
He has won the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award, presented by the Denver chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America each season to the Broncos player for recognizing professionalism and depth in media interactions. Simmons is the only three-time winner of the award since it started in 2006.
ESPN’s Jeff Legwold contributed to this report.