Former Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe announces retirement


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Former Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe, who missed all of last year with Baltimore because of a hip injury, retired from the NFL this morning.

Wolfe made his announcement via the Broncos’ social media channels.

Wolfe, 32, sustained his injury last summer during a joint practice with Carolina, months after signing a three-year, $12 million contract extension with the Ravens. He has undergone surgery on both hips since January.

The Ravens released Wolfe last month with an injury settlement.

Wolfe was a second-round pick (No. 36 overall) by the Broncos in 2012 and played in 108 games (all starts) in eight years for the club. He totaled 33 sacks, including four years of at least five sacks.

Wolfe played at least 64% of the defensive snaps in each year of his Broncos’ career, led by 84% in 2012 and 79% in the 2015 Super Bowl-winning season.

Wolfe appeared in seven playoff games (five for the Broncos, including the Super Bowl win over the Panthers). He left the Broncos in March 2020, signing a one-year contract with Baltimore. In his only season with the Ravens, he played 14 games (eight starts) and had 51 tackles and one sack.

In 122 regular season games (116 starts), Wolfe had 34 sacks and 350 tackles.

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