Broncos sign Derek Wolfe to 4-year contract extension

  • By Jeremy Bergman
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The Denver Broncos are sticking with one of their promising defensive talents for the long haul.

The team announced Friday that it has signed defensive end Derek Wolfe to a four-year contract extension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Wolfe's deal is worth $36.7 million with $17.5 million in guarantees, per a source. Wolfe could have earned more money elsewhere, but he wanted to stay in Denver, per Rapoport.

Wolfe missed the first four games of the 2015 season due to suspension and still racked up 5.5 sacks and a career-high 49 combined tackles. A fixture on Denver's top-ranked defense, Wolfe has outperformed all but three 3-4 defensive ends since Week 5, according to Pro Football Focus.

His first task as a newly minted man? Shut down a shorthanded Steelers offense on Sunday.