By Michael Spencer

DENVER (CBS4) – Justin Simmons is staying in Denver. The Broncos and Simmons agreed to a long-term deal on Friday which will keep him in orange and blue for the next four years.

Ryquell Armstead #23 of the Jacksonville Jaguars is tackled by Justin Simmons #31 at Empower Field at Mile High on September 29, 2019.

Ryquell Armstead #23 of the Jacksonville Jaguars is tackled by Justin Simmons #31 at Empower Field at Mile High on September 29, 2019. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Simmons played last season under the franchise tag, and was tagged again this off-season, but both Simmons and the Broncos had hoped to get a long-term deal done.

Justin Simmons of the Denver Broncos at Mile High on Oct. 1, 2017.

Justin Simmons of the Denver Broncos at Mile High on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The Broncos drafted Simmons in the 3rd round of the 2016 draft, and he has been a mainstay in the Broncos secondary ever since.

Justin Simmons of the Denver Broncos runs with the ball after intercepting a pass at Paul Brown Stadium on December 2, 2018.

Justin Simmons of the Denver Broncos runs with the ball after intercepting a pass at Paul Brown Stadium on December 2, 2018. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Simmons has started 61 of a possible 66 games over the past four seasons, and in 2020 he led the team with five interceptions, and was third on the team with 96 tackles.

Michael Spencer