Elvis Dumervil (92) tackles Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) as he loses the football during second quarter of the game at Sports Authority Field. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

League Denies Broncos' Appeal For Elvis Dumervil

Elvis Dumervil fired agent Marty Magid and hired high-power agent Tom Condon to represent him. With that move, Dumervil and the Denver Broncos were hoping to successfully plead their case to the NFL.

John Elway and Condon asked the NFL if they would recognize their verbal contract agreement on Friday afternoon. The NFL denied the two parties their request. The fax that came through from Magid was seven minutes late, making Dumervil a free agent.

As it stands, the Broncos still have $4.9 million in dead money, which means that they can’t offer Dumervil the same three-year, $30 million  contract as negotiated on Friday.

Dumervil has generated interest from the New England Patriots, the Tennessee Titans, and the Baltimore Ravens. Former Broncos’ defensive coordinator Don”Wink” Martindale is the Ravens’ linebackers coach, and he’s pushing hard for his former player.

If the Broncos lose Dumervil, look for the team to negotiate a deal with Dwight Freeney, John Abraham, or Osi Umenyiora.

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