Broncos Extend P.J. Locke with $7M Two-Year Deal

Denver bolsters defense with strategic safety pairing for 2024.

by Nouman Rasool
Broncos Extend P.J. Locke with $7M Two-Year Deal
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In a move that bucks the trend of an otherwise challenging offseason for NFL safeties, the Denver Broncos have solidified their defensive lineup by securing P.J. Locke with a fresh two-year contract valued at $7 million. This strategic decision not only provides Locke with significant job security but also underscores the team's confidence in his capabilities on the field.

Broncos' Defensive Duo

In a move that has captured the attention of sports analysts and fans alike, the recent agreement with Locke is setting the stage for what appears to be a strategic bolstering of the Denver Broncos' defense for the upcoming 2024 season.

Under this agreement, Locke is poised to become one of the linchpins in the Broncos' secondary, likely stepping into the role of a primary safety. He is expected to partner with Caden Sterns, who, despite facing a significant hurdle with a torn patella in the first week of the last season, is on the mend.

Sterns' anticipated return to full health promises to create a dynamic and formidable defensive duo with Locke. Together, their collaboration in the team's secondary is eagerly awaited, hinting at a robust defense strategy that the Broncos are keen on deploying to elevate their game.

This offseason has witnessed a notable number of veteran safeties across the league being released from their contracts, a trend that did not spare the Broncos. Notably, the team parted ways with Justin Simmons after he started 15 games last season, and Kareem Jackson, another former starting safety whose tenure with the team was marred by multiple suspensions due to illegal hits, was released in December.

Locke's ascent to a starting position comes on the heels of his performance last season, where he stepped in as a starter during Jackson's suspension. His performance during this period evidently left a lasting impression on the Broncos' coaching staff, paving the way for him to secure a more permanent role within the team's starting lineup.

Locke's new contract not only reflects his individual contributions and potential but also represents a strategic move by the Broncos to bolster their defense as they look ahead to a competitive 2024 season. This decision is a testament to the team's belief in Locke's ability to contribute significantly to their defensive strategies and overall success in the coming years.