“Derek is a very talented and hard-working player who has improved every season since we drafted him in 2012,” Elway said. “This year, Derek’s developed into one of the best 3-4 defensive ends in football. We’re excited to reward one of our key emerging players and ensure that Derek is part of our team for many more seasons.”
Wolfe was selected by the Broncos in the second round (36th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft from the University of Cincinnati. He's started all 55 regular-season games played, as well as two playoff games. Wolfe was also the team’s top selection in the 2012 Draft.
In 12 games played during the 2015 regular season, Wolfe finished the season ranked as the No. 4 overall player at his position (3-4 defensive end) according to Pro Football Focus. He trailed only J.J. Watt in PFF’s run defense metrics, while leading all Broncos defensive lineman with 49 tackles (35 solo).
Wolfe also finished the 2015 regular season with 5.5 sacks (just short of a career high), to go along with a team-best nine tackles for a loss and one pass defense.
Wolfe has totaled 140 tackles (96 solo), 17 sacks (114.5 yds.), four passes defensed and one fumble recovery during his four-year NFL career.
The Denver Broncos made re-signing Derek Wolfe a priority, much like Chris Harris, Jr. in 2014. The defense saw a vast improvement with the conclusion of Wolfe’s four game suspension this season.
Mile High Huddle's Jake Marsing reported back in December that the Broncos had made overtures to Wolfe on extending him in-season and that Wolfe expressed a desire to stay in Denver, even if that meant giving Elway a 'hometown discount'.
Mike Garafolo is reporting that it's a four-year, $36.75 million deal, with $17.5 million guaranteed. For an elite 3-4 defensive end, Wolfe obviously stayed true to his word in giving the Broncos that 'hometown discount'.
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