Free agents Cleveland Browns should target in second-wave of free agency
By Dan Justik
Derek Wolfe – Defensive Lineman
At this point of free agency, the Browns may target players who have experience with Cleveland’s coaching staff. Derek Wolfe has played under Joe Woods as a defensive coordinator before, as Woods was Denver’s defensive coordinator in 2017 and 2018.
Over the past few seasons, Wolfe has had trouble staying on the field. He has only played all 16 games once in the past five seasons, and he is coming off a dislocated elbow that ended his 2019 season. However, Wolfe has proven to be an effective three-down lineman.
In 2019, Wolfe made 34 total tackles, eight tackles for loss, seven sacks, one forced fumble, and 12 quarterback hits in 12 games. Wolfe’s seven sacks in 2019 were a career-high.
Wolfe is not known to be a dominating pass rusher, but he has shown the capability of getting after the quarterback. He has also been a productive player and is effective at stopping the run wherever he is lined up.
Wolfe has the versatility to play as both a defensive end and defensive tackle, which would be beneficial for the Browns considering they lack depth at both spots. At 30-years-old, Wolfe should not break the bank for the Browns while still providing them a productive contributor on the defensive line.