New England Patriots

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 1: Defensive end Derek Wolfe #95 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after sacking quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

Following the losses of Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins, the Patriots are now in the market to add to the edge of their defense.

Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal is reporting the Patriots have shown interest in former Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe. The 30-year-old Wolfe is a free agent for the first time in his career.

Drafted 36th overall in 2012 out of Cincinnati, Wolfe was an instant impact player for the dominant Broncos defenses of the early 2000s, including their Super Bowl winning season in 2015. In 2019, he set a career high with seven sacks, despite only playing 12 games.

The biggest concern with Wolfe is durability. He’s played 16 games just three times in his eight year career, and has a history of neck and back injuries.

If Wolfe can stay healthy, he’d be a notable upgrade over Deatrich Wise and/or Derek Rivers in the defensive edge rotation with John Simon and Chase Winovich. We’ll see if the Patriots can make the money work.

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