Inside the Justin Simmons deal

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Like Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams, Broncos safety Justin Simmons had been franchise tagged for a second time. Like the Cowboys with Prescott and the Giants with Williams, the Broncos made Simmons an offer than resulted in the player trading an eight-figure guaranteed salary in 2021 and a likely shot at the open market in 2022 for an even more lucrative long-term deal.

In Simmons’ case, he gave up the chance to make $13.73 million this year and becoming a free agent next year for a four-year deal that pays out $32.1 million fully guaranteed at signing, with a practical guarantee of $35 million.

Here are terms of the deal:

1. Signing bonus: $15 million.

2. 2021 base salary: $2 million, fully guaranteed.

3. 2022 base salary: $15.1 million, fully guaranteed.

3. 2023 base salary: $14.4 million, $2.9 million of which is guaranteed for injury at signing and becomes fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2022 league year.

4. 2024 base salary: $14.5 million.

It’s a two-year, $32 million deal with another $2.9 million that spills into 2023. If Simmons slips over the next two seasons, however, the $2.9 million they’ll owe won’t outweigh the $11.5 million difference.

7 responses to “Inside the Justin Simmons deal

  1. Hopefully Justin Simmons improves his coverage…it hasn’t been that good the past couple of seasons.

  2. Mediocre safety that got overpaid. He had 1 decent season and the Donkies paid him like a Rock Star.

  3. Donkies defense that ranked 20th in the league. If they were looking to upgrade, they should have looked elsewhere.

  4. Do they even know that he will recover 100% from the injury that kept him out for a year?

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