Broncos Draft Picks 2012: Derek Wolfe Signs 4-Year Deal With Denver

The Denver Broncos have signed second-round draft pick DT Derek Wolfe to a four-year contract.

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Derek Wolfe Officially Signs With Denver Broncos

Just two days after announcing that the team reached a four-year contract with second-round pick Derek Wolfe, the Denver Broncos announced on Wednesday afternoon that Wolfe officially signed his contract with the team:

Wolfe sat out organized team activities because Cincinnati had not yet held its graduation, a rule in place that prevents him from taking part in it. He was, however, involved in rookie minicamp earlier in the season. He will take part in the final minicamp in the middle of June.

Wolfe's contract calls for $5.2 million over four years with $3.2 million guaranteed. He is expected to compete for serious playing time with Ty Warren and Kevin Vickerson.

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Broncos Sign Derek Wolfe To 4-Year Contract

The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with their first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, defensive tackle Derek Wolfe out of Cincinnati. Wolfe, who was selected with the No. 36 overall selection, was taken in the second round to help sure up a defensive line that showed a clear need for reinforcements towards the end of last season.

Wolfe's deal will pay him $5.2 million over four years and features $3.2 million in guaranteed money. The defensive takcle did not participate on Monday's OTA workouts because he's still in school: Cincinnati graduates on June 9, so Wolfe won't be able to train with his Broncos teammates until the final minicamp of the offseason, which takes place from June 12-14.

Related: 2012 NFL Draft Results: Derek Wolfe Goes To Broncos At No. 36

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Derek Wolfe Goes To Broncos At No. 36

With the 36th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos have selected Derek Wolfe, a defensive tackle/defensive end prospect from the Cincinnati Bearcats. Wolfe played 45 games during his time with the Bearcats, picking up 19.5 sacks and 89 tackles during his four years of play. He was co-named Big East player of the year in 2011, his senior year.


NFL Draft Tracker via Sports Illustrated

This pick fills a need for the Broncos, who lost Brodrick Bunkley to the New Orleans Saints in free agency. He'll play in a rotation that includes Kevin Vickerson, Ty Warren, Justin Bannan and Mitch Unrein. He certainly could be the young anchor on the line, especially if Ty Warren's injury-prone nature creeps up again.

The Broncos' next pick will be the 57th overall selection later in the second round.

For more on the Broncos, check out Mile High Report. For more on the NFL Draft, stick with SB Nation NFL and Mocking the Draft.

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