In the official announcement of the move, Broncos General Manager John Elway said the use of the tag did not stop that process. He said the hope is still to find a way to reach a multi-year deal before the July 15 deadline.
“We remain focused on reaching a long-term contract agreement with Justin, and he’s a big priority for us,” Elway said in a statement. “This is a placeholder in that process and our goal is the same — to make sure that Justin is a Bronco for a long time.”
Simmons said last month that he didn’t know if he’d sit out of offseason work if he was playing under the tag, but that may be a moot point if the contract talks go well.