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Broncos, Safety Justin Simmons working on long-term deal before deadline [UPDATE: No deal expected]

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I'm sure at least one other NFL Safety will be watching this one closely.  And of course you all know I'm talking about Marcus Maye.  



Broncos, Simmons working on long-term deal before deadline


Kevin Patra



The Denver Broncos haven't given up hope of locking down safety Justin Simmons to a multi-year deal before the Wednesday deadline.

NFL Network's James Palmer reported Monday that while Simmons agreed to sign his tag, both sides are continuing to talk to see if they can get a long-term deal done, per a source informed of the situation.

Palmer noted that while there is a chance a deal doesn't get done by the 4 p.m. ET on July 15, each of the four players previously tagged by GM John Elway have reached multi-year deals before the deadline.

With uncertainty shrouding the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it could affect the salary cap situation in 2021, the 15 tagged players haven't generated any traction toward long-term deals. Not one tagged player has signed a multi-year deal yet.

Could Simmons become the first or only?

Elway was adamant when employing the franchise tag that it was simply working as a "placeholder" as the sides worked toward a long-term deal. That was pre-COVID lockdowns, however.

The 26-year-old safety has become a dynamite playmaker on the Broncos' back end, starting 45 games over the last three seasons. In his four seasons after being a third-round pick out of Boston College, Simmons has compiled 289 tackles, 28 passes defended, 11 interceptions, one TD and two sacks. The ballhawk graded out as Pro Football Focus' top safety in 2019.

With the safety market sluggish recently, it would be interesting if Simmons gets a deal done during the pandemic. If no multi-year contract is signed by the deadline, Simmons would make $11.44 million on his one-year tender in 2020.

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6 minutes ago, JTJet said:

I sit and wonder sometimes if Jamal knows how much the fan base loathes him now. 

The Jets have had a lot of players who were great guys but bad football players.  We've similarly had some really great football players who were really difficult human beings to root for.  It's rare that you can get guys who are both.  Players like Curtis Martin and Nick Mangold come to mind, but it's rare to check both boxes at such a high level.  Jamal is a great football player, but his self-centered approach and inability to remain humble make it really, really hard to root for him in his current situation.  If he had taken the George Kittle approach I think he'd have this fanbase in the palm of his hand.  He wore a Captain's "C" on his uniform last year.....It makes it really hard to respect his leadership when he's asking for trades through random people in parking lots and continuing his passive-aggressive tweeting (ex. congratulating everyone on new contracts, Liking rookie WR videos of Cowboys players, etc.)

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No deal expected.



Broncos, Simmons not expected to reach deal before deadline


Kevin Patra



The work toward a long-term contract for Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons will come up short.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Broncos and Simmons are not expected to reach a deal before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, per sources informed of the situation.

The Broncos had been working on a long-term deal for the rising young player they love, but couldn't find common ground on a multi-year solution a day before the deadline.

The previous four franchise-tagged players by Broncos general manager John Elway had all gotten long-term deals before the deadline. Simmons will have to wait for his big payday.

The safety is set to make $11.44 million on his one-year tender in 2020.

Simmons is already among the game's best ball-hawking safeties and continues to improve. In his four seasons, the former third-round pick has compiled 289 tackles, 28 passes defended, 11 interceptions, one touchdown and two sacks.

After the deadline passes, Simmons and the Broncos can't work on a long-term deal until after the 2020 season. At that point, Elway can get back to work on locking down the play-making safety long-term.

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