Justin Simmons has agreed to a new deal to become the highest paid safety in the NFL. The deal is believed to be for 4-years and worth $61 Million with $35 Million Guaranteed.
Our KOA NFL Insider and co-host of Broncos Country Tonight Benjamin Allbright broke the news Friday morning.
The deal comes less than 2 weeks before the Broncos had placed the Franchise Tag for the 2nd straight year on their Pro Bowl safety.
Simmons said in August as training camp was beginning that he and the team were close, but couldn't get the deal across the finish line. General Manager George Paton reiterated Thursday the team's desire to get Simmons under contract for a long time.
Working out a new contract for Simmons seemed like no-brainer for a new G.M. for a number of reasons. The most obvious, is Simmons is a good player and has been a true iron man the last 3 seasons, playing every defensive snap (3,221). His 12 interceptions the last 3 years is best on the team in that span as well. Also, it tells the locker room that if you do things the right way on the field, and as a leader on and off it, you'll be rewarded. You add to it, he's been the team's Walter Payton Man of the Year recipient the last 2 seasons for his charity work.