Justin Simmons: Broncos would have got deal done if they wanted to

By Sports Desk July 17, 2020

Justin Simmons will play the 2020 season on the franchise tag and does not believe the Denver Broncos had any intention of signing him to a long-term deal.

Wednesday's deadline to sign franchise-tagged players to new contracts passed without Simmons and the Broncos coming to terms.

It means the 2019 second-team All-Pro will earn $11.4million on the franchise tender this coming season and could hit the open market in 2021.

"If the Broncos wanted to get a deal done, they would've," Simmons said on NFL Network's 'Good Morning Football'.

"And so the reality is another year on the franchise tag is like a contract year all over again. Year two in [head coach] Vic's [Fangio] system with all the weapons that we have, I'm more than confident in myself and what I can do.

"Moving forward, we'll just have to see. It's a business decision on both ends. Whatever's in my best interest and my family's best interest is always what I'm going to do."

The Broncos are seen by many as a team that could take a step forward in 2020, which will be quarterback Drew Lock's first full season as a starter.

However, Denver face a difficult challenge in an AFC West division that contains the Super Bowl-champion Kansas City Chiefs.

But Simmons is confident the Broncos have the personnel, particularly on defense, to contend.

"You're talking about Von Miller, Bradley Chubb is coming back, Jurrell Casey, we've got Shelby Harris, Alexander Johnson, Todd [Davis], myself, Kareem [Jackson], A.J. Bouye, Bryce [Callahan] is coming back," he added.

"We've just got so many weapons around the board. And we're talking about year two, guys feeling comfortable in the system. I can't say enough good things about our defense.

"You talk about a motivated defense at that. Guys willing to prove themselves. I'm excited. The season can't get here fast enough. We just need to get back to some football."

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