The Broncos will apply the franchise tag to Simmons on Friday, Benjamin Allbright of KOA Colorado reports.

Simmons, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent, will receive the franchise tag after another impressive season in 2020 that included 96 tackles (77 solo) and nine pass breakups. Simmons finds himself in unique territory for his position, becoming the first safety since Donovin Darius (2003-2005) to be tagged in consecutive seasons. Broncos general manager George Paton confirmed Friday the team intends to work out a multi-year contract with the star defender, per Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com. "Designating (Simmons) with the franchise tag is a procedural move that allows us to continue working on a long-term deal," said Paton.

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