John Elway wants to make one thing clear — the Denver Broncos are working on a long-term contract with Justin Simmons.

According to the Broncos general manager, the team is in “active negotiations” with Simmons. Via Charean Williams of NBC Sports.

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“As far as Justin, we’re in negotiations right now,” General Manager John Elway said on a conference call with the team’s beat writers Monday. “We’ve given them an offer. They gave us an offer back. We’re in active negotiations with Justin.”

With the departure of Chris Harris Jr. to the Los Angeles Chargers, Simmons has emerged as the top Broncos defensive back. The 26-year-old is coming off a 2019 campaign in which he posted career-highs in interceptions (four) and pass breakups (15). He was named a second team All-Pro selection and did not miss a single snap for the second consecutive season.

Earlier in the offseason, the Broncos designated the franchise tag on Simmons. It gives the Broncos an opportunity to work on a long-term deal with their young safety; which is the main objective at this point. Both sides have until July 15 to negotiate a deal. If a new deal is not agreed upon before then, Simmons would have to play under the franchise tag for the 2020 season.


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Talks regarding a new deal would not be able to resume until after the season.

Over the course of four seasons with the Broncos, Simmons has started 48 of the 58 games he has appeared in. Denver ranked 11th in passing yards allowed and fifth in touchdowns allowed last season.