With NFL free agency set to begin in less than a week, the Denver Broncos are gearing up to negotiate with players on the open market.
One player Denver will look to re-sign is defensive end Derek Wolfe. Wolfe has been a key contributor for the last few seasons and has started every NFL game he’s played in since his professional debut in 2012.
Aside from being a force on the field, Wolfe has had a significant impact within the Broncos’ locker room, serving as a leader through thick and thin.
There is mutual interest between the Broncos and Wolfe to continue their relationship, but Wolfe told Eric Goodman and Andrew Mason of Mile High Sports that his representatives have yet to receive a contract offer from Denver.
Wolfe added that the floor for a new deal is $9.75 million, which his representatives believe he will get on the open market.
Wolfe has always been fond of the Broncos franchise and would love to finish up his career in Denver. That said, at 30 years old, Wolfe is faced with his last opportunity to cash in as a free agent.
Wolfe took a discount to stay with the Broncos in 2016, and while Denver is his top choice, he is open to playing elsewhere to maximize his value as he enters the ladder stages of his career.
According to Benjamin Allbright of KOA, Wolfe has meetings set up with the New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals.
Should Wolfe sign elsewhere, he will be motivated to prove the Broncos made a mistake by not re-signing him.
“I’ll try to make them regret not keeping me,” Wolfe said on Mile High Sports radio. “That’s what will motivate me in that moment. Afterwards, I’m going to show everyone love.”
You can listen to the full interview with Wolfe here, including what he had to say about his career with the Broncos.
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