On May 13, 2016, the Broncos agreed to a four-year, $3.06 million contract with Justin Simmons that also included a $645,420 signing bonus. Going into training camp, Simmons was anticipated to be the starting backup safety.
Gary Kubiak, the head coach, chose Simmons to begin the regular season as the backup free safety to Darian Stewart. Simmons made his NFL debut in the Broncos’ season-opening victory over the Carolina Panthers (21-20), which he helped to secure with one tackle. Simmons missed the Broncos’ Week 3 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals due to a wrist injury.
Simmons competed at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and set a 2006-era best time for the 20-yard shuttle (3.85s) (3.81s). With a time of 10.84 seconds, he also tied Braxton Miller for the fastest 60-yard shuttle since 2014 (10.72).
He also placed second overall in the three-cone drill and had the fastest time in the 60-yard shuttle.
Simmons took part in Boston College’s pro day on March 16, 2016, but opted to stand on most of his combine performance times and just run the 40-yard dash (4.53s), 20-yard dash (2.62s), and 10-yard dash (1.56s).
On December 21, 2020, Simmons received a Pro Bowl berth for 2021. When Derek Carr threw a pass in Week 17’s 32-31 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, Simmons intercepted it for his fifth interception of the year, a career-high.
Justin Simmons’s Children: Meet Laney and Shay
Simmons and his beautiful wife, Taryn have two beautiful daughters named Laney and Shay.