Denver Broncos: 4 guys who should go, 4 who should stay
DE Derek Wolfe: Stay or go?
Derek Wolfe was the Broncos’ top pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Cincinnati, and as a high second-round draft choice, he’s more than lived up to his potential.
Wolfe has been a stellar run defender and pass rusher for the Broncos, although not always both at the same time. Different defensive schemes have called for Wolfe to be a guy who occupies blockers while edge players reap the benefits, but Vic Fangio’s defense has highlighted his skillset unlike any other he’s played in.
In just 12 games, Wolfe racked up a career-high seven sacks this season before going down with a dislocated elbow.
He won’t be back for 2019 and speculated about his future with the team on Twitter.
We obviously hope it wasn’t his last game with the Broncos, but the value has to be right in this situation. Malik Jackson just got $10 million per year with the Eagles, and Wolfe could be seeking a similar deal.
He may not be the highest priority the Broncos have this offseason, but Wolfe is a leader on this team and someone who has proven himself to be a great fit in Vic Fangio’s defense.