A day before the Denver Broncos are scheduled to face off against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Denver Broncos have made a significant move that will keep standout free safety Darian Stewart in orange and blue for four more years.
The new 4-year extension for #Broncos S Darian Stewart is worth up to $30M, source said. $28M base. $17.5M in guarantees.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 26, 2016
Stewart has been one of the league's best defensive backs all season long and has been a major reason for the Broncos' defensive success this season. In his seventh season, Stewart is having a career year with 44 tackles, 3 passes defended and 3 interceptions. He arguably played the best game of his life against the New Orleans Saints two weeks ago, which certainly had a part in the Broncos' extending him.
Broncos and Darian Stewart started talking Monday before NO game. Stewart's great game vs Saints didn't hurt. 4-yr, $28M, $17M g. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) November 26, 2016
The extension of Stewart demonstrates General Manager John Elway's commitment to excellence and signifies the franchises philosophy of having a dominant defense that can help keep the Broncos competitive not only now, but from now on as well. Stewart now joins the likes of Von Miller, Brandon Marshall, Chris Harris Jr. and Derek Wolfe as key leaders on the defense who have been rewarded with contracts for their leadership and prowess on the gridiron.
Darian Stewart's an integral part of our defense who brings physicality, leadership & toughness. Thrilled he'll be a Bronco for 4 more yrs!— John Elway (@johnelway) November 26, 2016
At roughly seven million dollars per season, it looks like Elway was able to strike another incredible deal. Given Stewart's tenacious play this season, he very well could have commanded more than ten million dollars per season on the open market in the free agency. Chalk this one up as another bargain, and a victory for both parties involved.
A great moment for @darianstewart26, wife Whitley, daughter Hayden & the Broncos after Darian signed his 4-yr extension. #FootballIsFamily pic.twitter.com/qRnyydWaDV— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) November 27, 2016
Congratulations to Stewart on a well-deserved deal and we all look forward to him carrying on his high-level play for years to come.