The Denver Broncos were busy during the first day of legal tampering on Monday. We said goodbye to an outstanding starter on defense, but also added two defensive starters. Here’s a breakdown of all of the moves the Broncos made to kick off free agency.
Unrestricted Free Agents
- Signed defensive lineman Shelby Harris to a three-year, $27 million contract with $15 million guaranteed money.
- Signed cornerback Ronald Darby to three-year, $30 million contract with 19.5 million in guaranteed money.
- Safety Justin Simmons was given the franchise tag by the Broncos on March 5th.
Restricted Free Agents
- Running back Phillip Lindsay was given a low round tender, which will free him up to seek out a contract for another team.
- Both wide receiver Tim Patrick and linebacker Alexander Johnson were given second round tenders. These two tenders are unconfirmed, but a few notable local media members reported this on Monday. If true, both players are virtually guaranteed to be Broncos in 2021.
- No tender for linebacker Austin Calitro. He’ll enter free agency.
- Team declined contract option for safety Kareem Jackson. He will be an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.
The biggest news we’ll be waiting for no Tuesday will be the future of Von Miller. He is due a $7M contract option that the Broncos must exercise for him to be with the team in 2021. The Broncos expressed interest in multiple edge rushers on Monday, but the market was hot and most got very healthy contracts. That leads me to believe the Broncos might decide to go ahead with Miller’s contract option to keep their defensive front strong heading into this season.
2021 Denver Broncos free-agent tracker
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