Alex Singleton enters Broncos camp with hard-earned security

Alex Singleton is accustomed to producing in the NFL at this point.

After all, he’s logged three straight seasons with 120 or more tackles between Philadelphia (120 in 2020, 137 in 2021) and Denver (163 last year).

Even still, he enters training camp later this month in a new position altogether.

Singleton’s got security (job and financial) for maybe the first true time in his eight-year professional career.

Denver general manager George Paton called the 29-year-old linebacker “a baller” at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and then made sure he returned to the Broncos a couple of weeks later by giving him a three-year deal worth up to $18 million ($9 million guaranteed) that came with a $4 million signing bonus.

“I didn’t really know. I talked obviously with Sean (Payton) and George and them that week before, but it was kind of in limbo that week before,” Singleton said during Denver’s offseason program. “They said they were all in, so that’s kind of when I was like, ‘OK cool.’ …

“They did it pretty quick on the first day. I was stressed because it took eight years and I’m used to, you know, getting screwed kind of. It was nice to not have that happen this year.”

Though the bonus alone outpaces what Spotrac pegs as Singleton’s career earnings up until this spring, he shrugged off the money and the negotiations that preceded the deal — “where other linebackers in the league are, it was the right spot,” he said.

The commitment, though, clearly meant a lot.

“It’s what you play for,” Singleton said. “It took me eight years to get that, so it feels good. But the job’s not over. Now it’s kind of, ‘don’t screw it up.’ That’s how I’m taking it. Keep doing the same things I’ve done for all these years and keep doing the work.”


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