Derek Wolfe admits he “took a significant haircut” to stay in Denver

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With linebacker Von Miller trying to get as much money as he can from the Broncos, a teammate who opted not to try to break the bank is treading lightly when talking about the situation. But even as Denver defensive lineman Derek Wolfe tiptoes around the issue, his message is clear.

“Business is business, and that’s his business. And he has to do what he’s gotta do,” Wolfe told Brady Quinn and Bruce Murray of SiriusXM NFL Radio regarding Miller’s contract situation. “Obviously, I took a different route and decided that this is where I want to be so I’m going to take a significant haircut to stay here, and that’s fine with me. But some people don’t feel that way.”

Wolfe previously has said he doesn’t regret doing a deal during the season instead of forcing his way to the market, the way that former teammate Malik Jackson did. And while Wolfe (who signed for four years, $36.75 million) doesn’t begrudge those who choose to get paid, it doesn’t take a genius (which qualifies me for the assignment) to realize that Wolfe personally believes guys should be willing to take less than they could get elsewhere in order to hold a championship-caliber team together.

Comments from earlier in the interview also suggest that Wolfe believes the Broncos can win without Miller.

‘This is a business, and sometimes the business gets in the way of what’s really important, and that’s winning football games,” Wolfe said, referring to all of the changes and not specifically to the potential absence of Miller. “But at the end of the day I think that we have the players and the staff to plug anybody we need wherever we need them.”

I’m not sure they have another Von Miller ready to go in the event he never plays another down for the Broncos. Regardless, it’s hard not to wonder whether there will be at least a little awkwardness in the locker room if/when Miller walks through the door after skipping the offseason program with a six-year, $114.5 million deal that has as much as $70 million guaranteed, if not more, when guys like Wolfe and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. have done below-market deals that allowed the Broncos to give one guy that much.

23 responses to “Derek Wolfe admits he “took a significant haircut” to stay in Denver

  1. Tell him Von Miller will help him out just as soon as he gets done standing up for his fellow players…

  2. Any player who doesn’t take every last red cent that they can squeeze out of ownership is a damn fool.

    He should fire his agent ASAP.

  3. I love Von, and am thankful for his contributions in winning Denver a Super Bowl, but the longer this drags out, the more I think we should trade him.

  4. Fans are so insane. First they moan about players being loyal. The. When a player takes what he is happy with now he should fire his agent? As it’s been written, ignorance is bliss.

  5. I am going to love seeing the same fans paying $300 a pop for seats one row from the top in about 3 years. Yep, applaud the holdouts for money It’s all coming out of your pocket man. LOL

  6. smells like sour grapes. i get taking a slight discount to stay on a winning team, but this guy and his agent made a huge miscalculation. when you’re putting your body and brain on the line, you deserve every dollar you can get on the open market.

  7. Oh, but they have mega tv deals that will pay for it? Yep, that’s why direct tv and even cable prices are thru the roof.

  8. Contracts/negotiations/salary are between the player and the team. I wish they would keep it private and stop negotiating in the media. Get sick of hearing it every year, both sides come off as whiny little babies.

  9. So what’s a significant haircut? Like a Fade? A buzz cut? Maybe a Mohawk?

  10. Derek Wolfe is probably why there is a hold up on the Miller contract. Wolfe actually screwed alot of players on that team. John Stingy Elway will expect everyone else to go the Wolfe route.

  11. 4 years 36 million 17.5 guaranteed for Wolfe. If any NFL
    Player claims that’s peanuts he should be takin for mental testing

  12. I saw him the other day and he’s right, it was a “significant haircut”. He looks like Larry from the three stooges. Good thing is that it shouldn’t affect his play…

  13. In 20 years time, long after he has retired, will he remember winning the Superbowl, or the $15 million potential earnings he left off the table?

    Players that go broke, surround themselves with deadbeats and will go broke no matter what they earn. $36 million is more than enough for a long life of luxury for for yourself and your family.

    Not sure why PFT is so against footballers who put their legacy over an extra few million.

  14. Guy has an interesting definition of a “pay cut”.

    Dude went from a little over $1M in AAV from his rookie contract to just over $9M in AAV on the deal he just signed. The rookie deal had about $3M guaranteed, this deal has $17.5M guaranteed.

    Sign me up for that kind of “pay cut” any day.

  15. OH my God you idiots it’s called s market and Elway is paying below market for everyone except lobster claws D Thomas. Von isn’t gonna roll over.

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