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Countdown to Week 1: No. 95, DE Derek Wolfe

The first free agent to join the countdown

BRONCOS VS RAVENS Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images

After a rookie was the jersey number coinciding with the days until the Baltimore Ravens kickoff their 2020 season, today is an NFL veteran. Day 95: Derek Wolfe.

How Wolfe Became a Raven

Earlier this year, after Rams DT Michael Brockers and the Ravens couldn’t agree on a new deal after worries of Brockers’ ankle, the Ravens found their new defensive lineman in Wolfe.

Career before becoming a Raven

Wolfe, prior to coming to Charm City, was a lifelong Denver Bronco, being drafted in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft (No. 36). He was off to a hot start in his first three seasons as he racked up three passes defended, 11.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss. He was a fan favorite for both his play and his trash-talking.

Derek Wolfe career stats

Player Games Played INT Passes Defended FF FR Sacks Combined Tackles TFL QB Hits
Player Games Played INT Passes Defended FF FR Sacks Combined Tackles TFL QB Hits
Derek Wolfe 108 1 15 1 2 33 299 46 82

Career Highlights

Contract info

On March 30, 2020, Wolfe signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Ravens. The deal, according to overthecap, is fully guaranteed.

Outlook for 2020

Last season, Wolfe produced a career high in sacks (7.0); he amassed eight tackles for loss and added 12 QB hits. It’s been said many times that somebody along this front seven will feast and it’s highly likely Wolfe is the overlooked favorite. Many opposing coordinators will look to double team either Calais Campbell or Matt Judon, seeing as they’re both the stars among the front seven in terms of getting after the quarterback and name recognition. Though Wolfe is coming off a career year in sacks, he ended the season on the injured reserve list due to a dislocated elbow and one can assume he’s not flashing quite as large on the opposition’s radar.