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Broncos not expected to re-sign safety Justin Simmons

5/29/2024 12:19:19 PM
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Justin Simmons is one of seven former Denver Broncos players who remain unsigned free agents in late May. 

Despite calls from fans to re-sign him (and fake reports on social media), the Broncos are not expected to bring back the veteran safety, Jon Heath of USA Today's Broncos Wire reports. Denver seems “very unlikely” to re-sign Simmons, according to Parker Gabriel of the Denver Post.

When the Broncos released Simmons, it saved $14.5 million in salary cap space. Gaining that cap space helped the team sign replacement safety Brandon Jones during free agency. All of the safeties on Denver’s roster combined will cost less in 2024 than what the team saved by parting ways with Simmons.

Many fans have called for the Broncos to re-sign Simmons on a team-friendly deal, but Denver has already given his old No. 31 jersey to rookie Kris Abrams-Draine, and there’s been no indication that Simmons would be willing to return on a budget contract. 

The Broncos seem to have moved on and while Simmons has remained a free agent longer than expected, he will eventually land in a good spot. As the season draws closer and safeties suffer injuries, the market for an experienced veteran could heat up. 

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