Ravens sign Elvis Dumervil to multi-year deal
Elvis Dumervil unexpectedly became a free agent earlier this month after he was released by the Denver Broncos for failing to fax his reworked contract by the league deadline. The 29-year-old Elvis Dumervil was expected to return with the Denver Broncos for the 2013 season after agreeing to take a pay cut that would have reduced his $12 million base salary to $8 million next season.
Still the Denver Broncos were willing to re-sign Elvis Dumervil, while he generated serious interest from the Baltimore Ravens and caught the eye of the Miami Dolphins as well. Elvis Dumervil fielded offers from both the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens and took the weekend to mull over which team “wanted” him there most.
The Denver Broncos ended up losing the battle for their top pass rusher to the team that knocked them out of the AFC playoffs and ended up winning the Super Bowl last season.
"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,” said Denver Broncos executive vice president John Elway on Sunday. “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 Dumervil posted 54 tackles, one pass defensed and led the team second with 11 sacks while starting all 16-games last season.
"Elvis was a team captain and a talented player who made a great impact during his seven seasons in Denver,” added John Elway. “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.”
It is a big signing for the Baltimore Ravens, who lost eight of their starters from the 2012 lineup this offseason. But it’s quite possible that the defense will actually look improved in 2013.
Elvis Dumervil averages double-digit sacks in his six-year career with the Denver Broncos, while Paul Kruger (whom Dumervil will replace as pass rusher from across Terrell Suggs in Baltimore) combined just 15 sacks in his four-year NFL career. The Baltimore Ravens also bolstered their game against the run by adding Marcus Spears and Chris Canty at defensive end. The Baltimore Ravens secondary also promises to look more stout with the return of cornerback Lardarius Webb from ACL surgery.
The three-time Pro Bowler Elvis Dumervil is expected to make $1 million in base salary in 2013 as well as a $7.5 million signing bonus. The deal doesn’t become official until Elvis Dumervil takes a physical with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday.