Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that Broncos DC Wade Phillips is currently in the final year of his contract and will be a free agent in the coming months.
The Broncos originally signed Phillips to a two-year contract in January of 2015 and discussed an extension after they won the Super Bowl last year. However, Pelissero’s source say that they never agreed to an extension, which leaves Phillips with one game left with Denver.
According to Pelissero, Phillips is “showing no signs of wanting to retire” and could be a sought after coordinator for teams to consider over the next few weeks. Although, returning to the Broncos’ would allow him to continue working with some high-level talent including Von Miller.
In the end, Pelissero anticipates the Broncos signing Phillips to a new contract, as they value continuity. In the event, Phillips moves on, the Broncos could turn to one of defensive line coach Bill Kollar, linebackers coaches Reggie Herring and Fred Pagac or defensive backs coach Joe Woods.
Phillips, 69, began his NFL coaching career with the Oilers back in 1976 and has worked for several teams in a number of capacities before joining the Broncos as their defensive coordinator in 2015.
This season, the Broncos’ defense ranks No. 6 in yards allowed, No. 1 in passing yards allowed, No. 29 in rushing yards allowed and No. 6 in points per game.
We’ll have more regarding Phillips returning the Broncos as the news is available.