It’s a done deal, just not in the direction that Broncos Country wanted. Elvis Dumervil has signed with the Baltimore Ravens.
This comes from Mike Klis of the Denver Post, who is reporting that the defensive end has agreed to a multi-year deal.
From here, the Broncos will look to sign John Abraham, who had 10 sacks and 6 forced fumbles last season. If they can’t sign Abraham, they will look to sign Dwight Freeney.
Dumervil’s departure was a bigger headache for the Broncos front office than anyone imagined. It took him a while to decided whether to take a pay cut. He decided to 35 minutes before the 2:00 p.m. deadline last Friday. However, the Broncos did not receive the veteran’s faxed paperwork in time. Thus, the team had to release him in order to avoid paying him his $12 million base salary. This cost the Broncos nearly $5 million in dead money. The team offered Dumervil another contract last week, but as a free agent, Dumervil was free to talk to other teams in the meantime. He talked with the New England Patriots, the Tennessee Titans, and the Ravens.
As we have from the start of this process, we worked diligently over the last week to find a way for Elvis Dumervil to remain a Denver Bronco. Although we made multiple contract offers to Elvis after being forced to release him, we were unable to reach an agreement and are now moving forward without him.
Elvis was a team captain and a talented player who made a great impact during his seven seasons in Denver. I appreciate all of his effort on the field and the work he did in the community.
I wish Elvis all the best as he continues his NFL career. – John Elway
Former Broncos defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale is the Ravens’ linebackers coach, so I’m sure that was a big draw for Dumervil.
Fittingly, the Broncos will host the Ravens next season.
In seven seasons with the Broncos, Dumervil had 170 tackles, 63.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, and one interception.