Denver Broncos: Mapping out a potential secondary for team in 2021
Starting safeties: Justin Simmons, Will Parks
Though the cornerback position has been mediocre at best, the Broncos have enjoyed an excellent combination at safety with Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson. But for Paton, that is where two of his biggest offseason decisions lie.
Bringing Simmons back should not even be a discussion. He is arguably the best player on the team right now and has more than earned a new deal that makes him one of the game’s highest-paid safeties.
In the scenario, the Broncos do show Simmons the money but as a result, decide to move on from Jackson, who has a big cap number going into 2021 as well. One popular idea will be to bring in a free agent like John Johnson of the Los Angeles Rams, a guy who played with Simmons in college, but he will be looking for a big deal after a tremendous 2020 season.
It doesn’t make much sense to release Jackson as a cost-cutting measure in order to then sign a coveted free agent such as Johnson. Instead, the Broncos decide to turn back to Will Parks, at least to start the season out.
Parks played a lot toward the end of the season after being brought back following his release from the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s a guy the organization has always shown trust and belief in.
They will use the draft and free agency to try and find extra depth.