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Broncos officially pick up Derek Wolfe’s contract option

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The Denver Broncos have officially picked up Derek Wolfe’s contract option, which officially makes the veteran defensive end part of their 2019 plans.

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It was reported in February that the Denver Broncos intended to pick up the contract option for Derek Wolfe before the deadline and today they made it official. The team exercised Wolfe’s $1 million option that would secure Wolfe’s $8 million non-guaranteed base salary, $500k roster bonus, and $50k workout bonus.

Wolfe, drafted in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, has spent his entire career in Denver and is one of the few starters left from their 2015 Super Bowl championship defense. He has totaled 265 tackles, 26 sacks, and 14 pass deflections in his seven seasons.

This bodes well for Von Miller who has been a vocal supporter of Wolfe, noting that his ability to muddy up the blocking assignments on his side has helped him often get to the quarterback. The chemistry those two have developed is an underrated aspect of the defensive front in Denver.

As new head coach Vic Fangio looks to revamp and restore defensive dominance, he clearly views Wolfe as an integral part of the front seven alignment.

The Broncos had four veterans with contract options heading into free agency. So far, they have picked up options for Chris Harris Jr. , Derek Wolfe, and reportedly will also do the same with Emmanuel Sanders. However, they did inform Brandon Marshall that they would not be picking up his option.

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