Broncos re-sign safety P.J. Locke to 2-year, $7 million contract

The Denver Broncos have re-signed safety P.J. Locke to a two-year deal worth $7 million, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Saturday evening.

Locke (5-10, 202 pounds) entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Texas with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019. After failing to make Pittsburgh’s 53-man roster, Locke signed with Denver’s practice squad.

Locke dressed for 15 games the following year, playing primarily on special teams. He emerged as a rotational defensive back in 2022, totaling 22 tackles, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup.

Last year, Locke had a breakout season with 53 tackles, five pass breakups, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception in 12 games (eight starts). Locke was asked to step up in 2023 following an injury to Caden Sterns and the suspensions (and an eventual release) of Kareem Jackson.

Following the release of Justin Simmons, the Broncos have Locke, Sterns, Delarrin Turner-Yell and J.L. Skinner under contract. It’s unclear if Jackson plans to play in 2024, but he seems unlikely to return to Denver.

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