Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post expects Broncos S Justin Simmons to sign his franchise tender if the two sides don’t agree to a long-term deal before July 15. Given the impacts of the pandemic, O’Halloran thinks it’s more likely Simmons plays out 2020 on the tag.
O’Halloran believes the Broncos will keep G Dalton Risner locked in at guard and not tackle for a multitude of reasons, including the presence of swing tackle Elijah Wilkinson, Risner’s steadying influence on LT Garett Bolles, and the ability to have Risner and G Graham Glasgow sandwiching presumptive starting third-round rookie C Lloyd Cushenberry.
O’Halloran thinks the odds are good Broncos LB Von Miller will have a bounceback 2020 season.
Broncos CB Bryce Callahan is ready to put 2019 behind him after missing the entire season while recovering from a broken foot: “I’m full-go with no limitations. I’m not really even thinking about my foot. Everything is moving in the right direction. I just want to play all 16 games, stay healthy and ball out.” (Aaron Wilson)
The Athletic’s Daniel Popper says while Chargers CB Desmond King has come up as a trade candidate because of the team’s depth in the secondary and the team’s biggest need is offensive tackle, the team does strongly believe in 2019 third-round OT Trey Pipkins.
Popper adds that even though there’s not a defined role for King in the secondary, the team values the versatility he brings to help them match up with opposing passing attacks.
Given the long-term financial uncertainty from the pandemic, Popper doesn’t expect any movement on extensions for DE Joey Bosa, WR Keenan Allen or TE Hunter Henry until next offseason.