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July 14, 2020 04:48 PM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Signs franchise tender
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Simmons signed his one-year, $11.44 million franchise tender Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Simmons technically has until Wednesday to negotiate a long-term contract extension with the Broncos that would replace the tender, but he appears content to play out the 2020 season on an expiring deal. The 26-year-old safety is coming off a banner 2019 campaign in which he notched 93 tackles, 15 pass breakups and four interceptions over 16 games.

March 13, 2020 02:44 PM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Franchise tag applied
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Broncos have placed their franchise tag on Simmons, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

The move was expected, with the report noting that the one-year tag for safeties is expected to be worth about $11.5 million. Additionally, look for Simmons and the Broncos to continue to work toward agreeing on a long-term deal in advance of the July 15 deadline to do so. The 26-year-old logged 93 total tackles and four picks in 16 contests last season.

February 25, 2020 10:04 AM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Expecting franchise tag
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Simmons anticipates receiving the franchise tag, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Simmons suggested he doesn't mind, mentioning the Broncos' recent history of working out long-term contracts after they've used the tag on a player. The tag number should land around $12.7 million for a safety, with Simmons presumably aiming higher in terms of AAV on a long-term deal. PFF graded him as the NFL's No. 2 safety in 2019, when he played 99.7 percent of defensive snaps and piled up 93 tackles, 15 pass defenses and four interceptions. The 26-year-old has picked off two or more passes in each of his four seasons with Denver.

January 26, 2020 11:32 PM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Emerges after stud 2019 campaign
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Simmons finished 2019 with 93 total tackles, four interceptions and 15 passes defensed.

Simmons' 15 passes defensed were more than his first three seasons combined and ranked eighth in the league while his four interceptions tied him for 13th in the league. Though he was a Pro-Bowl snub, he finished 2019 as a second-team All-Pro and on Pro Football Focus' first team. After playing out of position at times as a slot defender under former head coach Vance Joseph, the Boston College product thrived in a truer center-fielder role under Vic Fangio. Simmons appears to be the face of Denver's youth movement on defense and a priority to resign in the offseason. If Denver is unable to come to terms with Simmons on an extension, the franchise tag may be in play.

December 24, 2019 03:48 PM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Five tackles against Detroit
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Simmons recorded five tackles during Sunday's 27-17 victory over the Lions.

Considered a Pro Bowl snub by many, Simmons again was an impactful piece of the Broncos' defensive efforts even if his production may not reflect it. Simmons is now up to 89 tackles on the year and will need eight more during Sunday's season finale to match his career-high total from last season (97).

December 18, 2019 01:12 PM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Gets another pick in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Simmons snagged his fourth pick of the season in the Broncos' 23-3 loss to the Chiefs.

Simmons also recorded eight tackles (six solo) to go along with his interception. The 26-year-old was one of four Broncos defenders to play all 68 snaps. He will have two more games to attempt to add to his interception total starting with the team's Week 16 matchup versus the Lions.

November 26, 2019 10:20 PM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Snags third pick of 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Simmons recorded eight tackles, a pass defensed and an interception during Sunday's 20-3 loss in Buffalo.

Josh Allen was looking to jump-start a Buffalo drive minutes before the half when he sailed the ball over his receiver's head and into the waiting arms of Simmons, who returned the ball for an additional eight yards. On a Broncos team that has taken its lumps, Simmons has proven to be a budding star with a team-leading three interceptions and at least seven tackles in four of his last five games. Next up is a matchup against Philip Rivers -- owner of the league's fourth-highest interception rate -- and the Chargers, against which Simmons recorded an interception Week 5.

November 5, 2019 09:12 PM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Makes huge tackle in win
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Simmons recorded eight tackles and two tackles for loss during Sunday' 24-19 win over Cleveland.

The Broncos have lost three games after relinquishing the lead in the final moments of the game this season, so fans were sweating Sunday as the Browns were marching down the field for what could have been a game-winning touchdown. Instead, Simmons cut into the backfield on 3rd-and-short, taking Nick Chubb down for a three-yard loss and forcing Cleveland into an unsuccessful fourth-down conversion. Despite a mediocre record, the Broncos head into the bye as the league's fourth-ranked defense. Simmons has arguably been the Broncos' best player, tied for the team lead with 53 tackles and pacing Denver with two interceptions and nine passes defensed.

October 18, 2019 10:28 AM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Records eight tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Simmons had eight tackles (seven solo) and two passes defensed in Thursday's 30-6 loss to the Chiefs.

Simmons again played every defensive snap Thursday and has yet to miss a snap on defense through seven games. The 25-year-old has 38 tackles (28 solo) with eight passes defensed and two interceptions this season.

October 14, 2019 11:00 PM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Intercepts Mariota
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Simmons recorded four total tackles, an interception, and a pass defensed during Sunday's 16-0 win over the Titans.

Marcus Mariota scrambled away from pressure and launched a pass downfield to attempt a third-down conversion midway through the third quarter. Simmons jumped it for the interception, setting the Broncos up in Tennessee territory for what ended up being the game's lone touchdown. Simmons now has interceptions in back-to-back games patrolling the back end of Vic Fangio's defense. He'll be counted on again Thursday against a potent Kansas City attack.

October 7, 2019 11:04 PM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: First takeaway of season
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Simmons recorded four tackles (two solo), an interception and a pass defensed across 70 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Chargers.

Simmons secured the Broncos first takeaway of the 2019 season, as he intercepted a tipped Philip Rivers pass. The safety has been an iron man all season, as he has not missed a single defensive rep. He'll look to continue that streak Sunday against the Titans.

September 17, 2019 08:40 PM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Tough against Bears
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Simmons recorded nine tackles during Sunday's 16-14 loss to Chicago.

Simmons was flying all over the field Sunday, drawing praise for both his tight coverage and run support. The turnovers haven't come yet, but Denver has been playing from behind for much of the start of the season. If and when the Broncos start getting leads, Simmons will be able to serve as the ballhawk head coach Vic Fangio envisioned this offseason.

July 24, 2019 10:20 PM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Continues "red hot" camp
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Simmons intercepted Joe Flacco on Wednesday, continuing what has been a stellar camp, Benjamin Allbright of KOA News Radio reports.

Simmons was drafted, in part, for his smooth abilities playing over the top of the defense. Denver's defense in recent seasons hasn't kept him in centerfield, however, with injuries at defensive back and former head coach Vance Joseph's penchant for relying on Cover 1 and Cover 0 forcing him to play plenty of man coverage. Improved depth in the defensive backfield and a more zone-heavy defense under head coach Vic Fangio should put Simmons in a better position to succeed just in time for his contract season. If he's able to continue what he has started in training camp, Simmons could be a cornerstone of the Broncos' defense by season's end.

January 18, 2019 06:36 PM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Elevates play in 2018
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Simmons logged 97 tackles, four passes defended and three interceptions over 16 games in 2018.

Simmons was Denver's ironman in 2018, playing all 1,077 defensive snaps during the Broncos' season after having missed three games due to injury during each of his first two NFL seasons. The 25-year-old came on strong in his third year, and set career highs in terms of tackles and interceptions. Simmons was forced to showcase his versatility due to both Darian Stewart and Chris Harris missing multiple games, and thrived in the slot as well as playing outside against tight ends, in addition to his usual free safety role. He's signed with the Broncos through 2019, and on track to return as a starter under new head coach Vic Fangio.

December 4, 2018 10:12 PM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Posts interception Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Simmons recorded nine tackles (seven solo) and an interception in Sunday's win over the Bengals.

Simmons' interception was his third of the season. He's been dominant the last few weeks, recording at least nine tackles in three straight games. He'll look to maintain the high level of play in Week 14 when the Broncos take on the 49ers.

November 19, 2018 07:36 PM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Posts season-high 10 tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Simmons recorded 10 tackles (five solo) during Sunday's 23-22 victory over the Chargers.

Simmons' 10 tackles were his highest total of 2018, as he and Darian Stewart led the Broncos in stops. Although he hasn't been a reliable source of tackles, the safety will look to continue racking them up Sunday against the Steelers.

October 29, 2018 10:36 AM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Interception in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Simmons recorded five tackles (four solo) and an interception in Sunday's loss to Kansas City.

Simmons' interception was his second of the year, tying his total from all of 2017. His pick was a bright spot for a Denver secondary that allowed four passing touchdowns. The Broncos will have their hands full again in Week 9, when they'll take on the Texans.

September 18, 2018 12:48 AM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Nine tackles in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Simmons recorded nine tackles (eight solo) across 65 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

Simmons led the Broncos in tackles on Sunday and played every down on defense. The third-year pro is quickly establishing himself as a leader in the team's secondary and will look to keep up the high level of play Sunday against the Ravens.

September 11, 2018 12:32 AM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Impressive in Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Simmons recorded four tackles (three solo), a pass defensed and an interception across 57 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Seahawks.

Simmons showed his athleticism as he jumped high in the air to secure an interception late in the third quarter. The safety only recorded two interceptions all of last season, a threshold he'll look to pass this season.

August 3, 2018 03:32 PM
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Participating in training camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Simmons (ankle) is participating in team drills during training camp, Ryan O'Halloran of the Denver Post reports.

Simmons spent the final three games of the 2017 season on injured reserve with an ankle injury, so it's good to see him back on the field. The third-year third-rounder is expected to serve as the starting strong safety in 2017, and the lack of hype surrounding him is making Simmons an attractive sleeper pick in IDP circles.

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