Posted Thu May 31st by Jon Heath
On Thursday, Denver Broncos‘ rookie defensive tackle Derek Wolfe was introduced to Twitter by the team:
— Denver Broncos (@Denver_Broncos) May 31, 2012
Earlier in the month, Wolfe, Denver’s second round selection of the 2012 NFL Draft, signed a four-year deal is worth $5.206 million. Wolfe will be permitted to practice with the team on June 12th when mandatory Mini Camp begins — but he cannot begin working with the team until his college class graduates (on June 9th) due to CBA rules.
The Broncos have three other rookies – quarterback Brock Osweiler, running back Ronnie Hillman and center Philip Blake — that remain unsigned. The Broncos hope to have all the rookies under contract by June 8th (at the conclusion of Organized Team Activities) to avoid any potential holdouts during mandatory Mini Camp.
Two other players that may not show up to camp are kicker Matt Prater and defensive tackle Ty Warren. Prater is seeking a long-term contract while Warren is refusing to take a pay cut. The Broncos and Prater are likely to work something out (by giving Prater an extension or Prater signing his one-year tender). Warren on the other hand doesn’t appear ready to budge and may be cut by the team if he skips camp in June.
On a different note, NFL Network has revealed the top 41 players in their Top 100: Players of 2012 series and five different players — cornerback Champ Bailey (46th), quarterback Peyton Manning (50th), outside linebacker Von Miller (52nd), defensive end Elvis Dumervil (68th) and running back Willis McGahee (98th) — are representing the Broncos. Denver’s five representatives are the second-most among all thirty-two teams, with the Philadelphia Eagles coming in first with seven players on the Top 100 list thus far.