Ravens eye former Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil
Elvis Dumervil has generated interest from several teams looking for an elite pass-rusher. One of those teams who have Elvis Dumervil on their radar are the Baltimore Ravens. According to league sources, the Baltimore Ravens are hoping to have Elvis Dumervil over for a visit.
The Baltimore Ravens are looking to bolster their defense with a splash in free agency. The team already added depth along the defensive line by signing Marcus Spears and Chris Canty. Elvis Dumervil would become a dangerous weapon on the Baltimore Ravens’ defense while compensating outside linebacker Paul Kruger to the Cleveland Browns.
The eight-year veteran Elvis Dumervil would play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme.
The Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots reportedly also have interest in Elvis Dumervil.
Selected in the fourth round in the 2006 draft Elvis Dumervil emerged as a regular starter in his second season with the Denver Broncos. Elvis Dumervil accumulated 225 tackles, 63.5 sacks, 1 pass defensed and only one interception in the past six-seasons with the Denver Broncos. Last season, Elvis Dumervil led the team second with 11 sacks.
Elvis Dumervil was set to return in 2013 for the third season of a six-year $61.5 million he signed with the Denver Broncos. But due to fax mix-up, the Denver Broncos were forced to cut Elvis Dumervil on Saturday when they did not receive his restructured contract before the beginning of new league fiscal year. Elvis Dumervil was scheduled to make $12 million in base salary for 2013, but the Denver Broncos wanted him to take a pay cut and come down to $8 million.
Instead the Denver Broncos landed themselves in over $4 million worth of dead money by releasing him, while Elvis Dumervil ended without representation after he fired his agent for the fax blunder.
While it is still unclear how much Elvis Dumervil will be demanding, the price tag on him may be too much for the Baltimore Ravens, who are in a tight salary-cap situation. The Cleveland Browns signed Paul Kruger to a five-year contract, $40.5 million contract while the Seattle Seahawks sealed negotiations with Cliff Avril on two-year, $15 million contract.
However, the Baltimore Ravens clearly have some interest at upgrading at the position as they have reportedly spoken with former Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison’s agent. Still things have not played out in the form of a visit or contract talks.