Derek Wolfe expects Broncos to let him become a free agent

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Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe is expecting to have the opportunity to test the free agent market when the new league year begins.

In an interview with KOA radio in Denver, Wolfe said the team talked to his agent recently and they received word from the Broncos that they don’t intend to do a deal before free agency is scheduled to begin next week.

“Well they haven’t talked to me. They’ve talked to my agent at the combine,” Wolfe said. “They met and it looks like they’re going to let me hit free agency, see what the market is. Which, and it’s business, it’s a nice way of saying ‘you know, we like you, we love you, but not for that kind of money.'”

Wolfe has spent the entirety of his eight-year career with the Broncos. Though injuries have been a hindrance at times, Wolfe has started all 108 games he’s played since being selected in the second round of the University of Cincinnati in 2012. Wolfe signed a four-year extension with the team in 2016 as his rookie deal was set to expire. Wolfe is coming off a career-bet seven sacks last season for Denver. For his career, Wolfe has 33 sacks with 299 total tackles.

5 responses to “Derek Wolfe expects Broncos to let him become a free agent

  1. Mr Wolfe has proved to be an adequate player, but he was taken too high back in the days when Elway routinely screwed up the first three rounds of the draft. Wolfe was projected to be a 3rd or 4th round pick, but he was the first person Elway drafted – very high in the second round.

    Fortunately, It seems that Elway has learned how to get better value out of his picks. The last two drafts have been outstanding and he’s poised to do well this year with 11 picks remaining after giving up a 4th round pick for corner A J Bouye, which looks like an excellent value.

  2. He’s been hurt a couple of times, but it’s the seizures that most of you are referring to. Hard to say how much those impact his value. As far as 3-4 defensive ends go, Wolfe is one of the best, even though he is slightly smaller than some would prefer. All that talk about being overdrafted is unwarranted in my mind, given the fact that Wolfe already took a low end deal after the Superbowl win to stay in Denver and allow them to build a more complete team (obviously did not work out on the team’s end), especially in comparison to Malik Jackson who took a huge contract with the Jaguars and is now a rotational player with the Eagles.

    It’s puzzling to me why the Broncos would not want to do a deal with a guy who is a team player and is still a starter-a starter with ability to contribute, at that-who is obviously willing to take a low end deal to stay with the team. They do not have anyone behind him waiting to start, and they will likely let Adam Gotsis walk on the other side, so they will have to replace two players at that position. Shelby Harris is a good player, but he may not return and the fact that Wolfe will take a lower end deal just to stay and obviously can still contribute makes me wonder why a short term contract has not been signed.

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