Could Elvis Dumervil Return to the Denver Broncos?
With Elvis Dumervil becoming a free agent, the 33 year old veteran will generate some interest. But could we see him return to the Broncos after 4 years?
After being released by the Baltimore Ravens, Elvis Dumervil is officially a free agent. The 33 year old pass rusher will generate interest for teams in need of a veteran off the edge.
Dumervil has accounted for 99 sacks while rushing the quarterback in his 10 year career. His best year as a Bronco in 2009 came when he amassed 17 sacks, which led the NFL.
What impresses me is that he repeated that feat as a Raven in 2014. The Broncos have a need for veteran leadership after DeMarcus Ware announced his retirement.
Would Dumervil be willing to return to Denver? The relationship between Denver and Dumervil had always been great until Fax-Gate occurred late in contract negotiations. This incident led to Dumervil firing his agent Marty Magid shortly thereafter.
Shane Ray and Shaquil Barrett are two candidates that primarily will fill in for Demarcus Ware. However, it wouldn’t hurt to look at bringing in Dumervil to reunite with Von Miller.
Combining for 50.5 sacks in their two years as teammates, Miller and Dumervil became Batman and Robin. Striking fear into Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady, the NFL soon noticed Denver’s epic duo.
Both Ray and Barrett have youth on their side, but Dumervil has experience and leadership. These characteristics are exactly what Demarcus Ware brought to Denver. When analyzing this possibility let’s look at the pros and cons.
Dumervil’s presence alongside Miller is scary in eyes of potential production. He would have the best chance for a ring in Denver as well as contributing on defense.
Elite NFL pass rushers can positively influence younger guys behind them. Going into his 11th year, he could have a more involved and vocal role on and off the field.
Elvis is also only 33 years old. His counterpart James Harrison is 38 years old and the two are mighty similar in their playing styles.
He’ll already be a Ring of Fame member for the Broncos down the road.
His age is also considered a con. 33 years and a 10 year NFL career usually look like a period of his window closing as a player. He missed half of last season due to injury and only had 11 tackles and 3 sacks.
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He may only be an impact on pivotal down and distance situations like Demarcus Ware was last season. Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett are also at a pivotal point in their career where they can start and be a big help.
Signing Dumervil could lead to one of those two becoming unhappy with their roles in Denver.
The Baltimore Ravens may even have interest in bringing him back at a cost efficient price.
While the possibility of Dumervil returning to the Broncos is questionable, just the thought of reuniting what was an elite pass rush duo is exciting. I will never forget the years of watching him and young sensation Von Miller destroy opposing quarterbacks.
Would you like to see Elvis Dumervil back in Denver?