Today, Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe appeared on "The Drive" of Denver's 104.3 the Fan. He talked about many things, including what he's learned from defensive line coach Bill Kollar and new techniques for rushing the passer.
Eventually, host Darren McKee got around to asking him a point-blank question about whether Wolfe would be willing to take a hometown discount to stay in Denver. Wolfe, who's in the last year of his rookie deal, was candid in his response.
"I'm gonna give 'em a discount, but I'm not gonna give 'em too big a discount, now," Wolfe replied.
McKee re-submitted his question to confirm. Would Wolfe be willing to take a little less money to stay in the Mile High City?
"Absolutely. A little bit, yeah," Wolfe replied. "I love it here. I love the city. I love everything about this place. I don't wanna have to leave."
However, when asked directly if the Broncos have contacted him about an extension, Wolfe was stoic.
"No comment. It's a good no comment."
According to sources close to the situation, Mile High Huddle has learned that the Broncos have indeed reached out to Wolfe about a contract extension. GM John Elway's mantra is that he doesn't negotiate with players in-season, but we've learned from recent history that he's willing to make exceptions.
The Broncos consummated an extension with cornerback Chris Harris, Jr. last December, in an effort to get him tied up long-term before he hit the open market in March. Harris was in the midst of a Pro Bowl season and would finish 2014 as Pro Football Focus' top-rated cornerback.
The Broncos signed Harris to a five-year, $42.5 million extension, but Harris could have garnered more on the open market had he wished. He was willing to take that hometown discount to stay in Denver. But it wasn't too big a discount.
Obviously, the Broncos are interested in a similar approach with Wolfe. Wolfe missed the first four games of the season due to a suspension, but has played like his hair was on fire since he returned to the field, as he promised in August.
Wolfe has dominated the line of scrimmage and in recent weeks has shown a renewed focus on attacking the quarterback. He has 38 combined tackles (26 solo) and two sacks through eight games. Despite his suspension, Wolfe is a high-character player and a leader in the locker room.
It's no surprise that Elway would want to keep him in Denver and prevent any other team from getting a shot at him in free agency.
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