May 19, 2024

The Broncos have secured the services of safety P.J. Locke for another two years, the team announced from its headquarters in Englewood, Colorado. Locke, who initially joined the Broncos’ practice squad in December 2019, has inked a new deal after demonstrating his value as a crucial asset.

Denver Broncos re-sign safety P.J. Locke to a two-year deal - Mile High  Report

In 2023, Locke transitioned into a starting role for the first time in his career, following a stint on injured reserve at the beginning of the season. Throughout the year, he showcased his abilities by contributing significantly to the Broncos’ defense, registering 53 tackles, two tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and an interception. Notably, Locke’s interception against Packers quarterback Jordan Love in Week 7 proved pivotal in securing a crucial victory, sparking a five-game winning streak for the team. He also played pivotal roles in forcing fumbles during wins against the Browns and Chargers.

His playing time saw a substantial increase, with Locke participating in nearly 70 percent of defensive snaps when active, a significant shift from his previous role primarily as a special teams player from 2020 to 2022. Over his initial three seasons with the team, Locke was a mainstay on special teams, featuring in at least 75 percent of snaps in that capacity.

Locke’s re-signing bolsters the Broncos’ safety position, especially after the departure of longtime starter Justin Simmons. With Locke now providing crucial experience in the position, alongside Caden Sterns and others like Delarrin Turner-Yell and JL Skinner, the team ensures depth and continuity in the defensive backfield.

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