The Denver Broncos have made it clear that they hope to bring back defensive end Derek Wolfe this offseason. Regardless, it appears he plans on testing the market.
Wolfe is prepared to feel out the waters of free agency. According to Benjamin Allbright of KOA, he already had meeting lined up with four potential teams:
Hearing #Broncos DL Derek Wolfe lining up potential visits with four teams.
Broncos would love to have Wolfe back.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) February 28, 2020
The prospect of Wolfe already earning plenty of interest on the market should come as no surprise. He has played an integral role in Denver’s defense since arriving as a second-rounder back in 2012. He endured an underwhelming 2018 campaign before bouncing back in the 2019 NFL season with 34 tackles, 7.0 sacks, and a forced fumble in 12 games under new head coach Vic Fangio.
Pass rushers tend to garner a high price tag when it comes to free agency. Although he is hardly the most notable player at his position, Wolfe should still have plenty of options to consider. As a result, the Broncos may have their work cut out trying to bring him back for the long haul.
Denver has a number of voids they need to fill on the roster if they hope to spark a potential resurgence in the 2020 NFL season. Regardless, it seems they have made signing Wolfe a priority and reportedly had discussions with his representatives during the Scouting Combine. Of course, it remains to be seen if anything actually comes to fruition.
Wolfe’s potential departure in free agency would undoubtedly leave the Broncos with yet another huge spot to fill along the defensive line.