Denver Broncos free safety Justin Simmons Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos to use franchise tag on Pro Bowl safety Justin Simmons again?

The Denver Broncos retained the services of star safety Justin Simmons for the 2020 NFL season via the franchise tag. It appears the club is willing to repeat that process but only if contract negotiations go poorly. 

Per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, the Broncos are currently "expected" to put the franchise tag on Simmons again at some point between Tuesday afternoon and when the window to do so closes on March 9. 

As Jon Heath noted for Broncos Wire, PFT's update follows a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport in which Rapoport said the Broncos would "like to get a new long-term deal done with Simmons" and avoid using the franchise tag for a second straight year. Simmons would earn a guaranteed base salary of $13.729 million under the tag, but the two sides can negotiate until July 15 if he's tagged over the next couple of weeks. 

Simmons made the first Pro Bowl squad appearance of his career for the 2020 campaign, and he finished the season tied for fourth overall with five interceptions. He also contributed 96 total tackles and nine passes defended. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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