Ranking NFL's top 10 safeties for 2021: Justin Simmons, Tyrann Mathieu headline talented defensive backs
Simmons not only tops this list as the NFL's top safety, but his bank account reflects that as well after agreeing to an extension with the Broncos earlier this offseason that makes him the highest-paid player at the position. While it may not have been as prolific as his 2019 season, the 27-year-old turned in another strong campaign in 2020 where he totaled a career-high five interceptions to go along with nine pass breakups. Simmons has been PFF's top-graded safety over the last two years and was only behind Jessie Bates III in 2020. Dating to 2018, only two safeties have hauled in at least 12 interceptions in the regular season (per PFF): Simmons and Mathieu. Meanwhile, this Denver secondary should only improve heading into 2021 with first-rounder Patrick Surtain II and veteran Kyle Fuller added to the unit.