This move would be dictated on Justin Simmons’ future with the team. After playing on the franchise tag, Simmons elevated his play even further and was selected to his first career pro Bowl.
Like Simmons, Minnesota Vikings safety Anthony Harris also played on the franchise tag, and was graded as the second-highest safety, the first being Simmons.
The market for Simmons is to be very active, and could see him bringing in a contract close to the $70-$80 million range. If Denver isn’t the one giving him that contract, then it needs to get his replacement in the form of Harris.
Coming off a career year in which he recorded six interceptions and 101 tackles, Harris would be able to keep the big gains and is a quality open-field tackler. Although not as dynamic as Simmons in the open field, Harris has the ability to read the field and anticipate the pass.
It may be hard to say goodbye to Simmons, but Harris would be the next best thing and Paton and the Broncos can’t stay quiet, otherwise they’ll be watching Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert in the playoffs from home next year.