The Denver Broncos are putting the franchise safety label on Justin Simmons for a second consecutive season, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday.
Simmons, who was ready to become an unlimited free agent, became the first player to be marked for this off-season. The Broncos now have until July 15 to conclude a long-term deal.
“Justin is one of our main boys and our goal since I got here has been to sign him for a long-term deal,” Broncos general manager George Patton said on Thursday. “We had a good discussion with his agent. I don’t know if we’ll make a deal or not, but that’s our goal. He’s the type we’d like to extend.”
NFL teams have until Tuesday at 16:00 ET to put the franchise label on their most valuable player.
Simmons, the Broncos’ choice for the third round of the 2016 draft, played the franchise player’s brand in 2020 for $ 11.4 million. He finished with 96 games and five interceptions. This was his third consecutive season with 90 fights. He was constantly an active player in a series of defensive lines with the flexibility to combine with different players in coverage.
The 27-year-old has a combination of on-site performance and community involvement off the field, given that he has played every defensive game for each of the last three seasons and was nominated for the Broncos last season for the Walter Peyton Award of the Year. .
When Patton was hired in January, Broncos football operations president John Elway said trying to re-sign Simmons was “one of the biggest things” Patton had on his to-do list.
Simmons is consistently one of the most active players in the community and one of the leading voices of the team in social justice initiatives.
He is the recipient of the Dar Williams Award for Good Man, issued by Denver’s head of Pro Soccer Writers of America each season to a Broncos player to recognize the professionalism and depth of media interaction. Simmons is the only three-time winner of the award since it began in 2006.
Jeff Legvold of ESPN contributed to this report.