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Denver Broncos Part Ways with Pro Bowl Safety Justin Simmons

By MrSmith Mar7,2024

The NFL’s 2024 offseason sees a surplus of safeties hitting the market, with the Denver Broncos making a notable move ahead of free agency.

Per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Denver Broncos have opted to part ways with Pro Bowl safety Justin Simmons, a decision confirmed by official sources on Thursday.

Denver Broncos Part Ways with Justin Simmons

Denver Broncos Part Ways with Justin Simmons
Denver Broncos Part Ways with Justin Simmons

In a statement released on Thursday, the Broncos expressed gratitude for Simmons’ significant contributions during his eight-year tenure with the organization, highlighting his impact both on and off the field. They acknowledged Simmons’ enduring legacy as a Bronco and extended best wishes to him, his wife Taryn, and their children Laney, Shae, and Kyler for their future endeavors.

Simmons, a third-round pick in 2016, ascended to become a two-time Pro Bowler and secured second-team All-Pro honors four times during his tenure with the Broncos. His impressive stat line includes 604 tackles, 64 passes defended, and 30 interceptions, the highest among all players over the past eight seasons.

Denver Broncos Part Ways with Justin Simmons
Denver Broncos Part Ways with Justin Simmons

The decision to release Simmons aligns with the Broncos’ financial objectives, particularly amid constraints imposed by an impending release of Russell Wilson. Simmons’ cap hit of $18.25 million prompted his departure, offering Denver $14.5 million in cap relief while incurring $3.75 million in dead money.

Despite a subpar season by his standards, Simmons remains a coveted asset in the NFL, known for his playmaking abilities. With teams like Philadelphia potentially vying for his services under the stewardship of former coach Vic Fangio, Simmons enters a competitive market featuring recently released safeties Jamal Adams, Kevin Byard, Eddie Jackson, Rayshawn Jenkins, and Jordan Poyer.

For the Broncos, parting ways with a stalwart of their secondary underscores a strategic shift under Sean Payton’s leadership. As they navigate the financial implications of Wilson’s departure, Denver must rely on young, cost-effective talent while leveraging coaching expertise to remain competitive in the challenging AFC West division.

By MrSmith

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