Elvis Dumervil Signed By NFL Champs Baltimore Ravens
Elvis Dumervil was recently the subject of a bizarre NFL free agency scenario. In discussing a new deal with the Denver Broncos, Dumervil reluctantly agreed to a pay cut to stay with the team. Just hours after agreeing to stay in Denver, it was revealed to the media that proper paperwork was not filed in time, and that the deal was now void. Dumervil promptly fired his agent and began looking for a new home.
On Tuesday, the reigning NFL Champion Ravens agreed to pay Dumervil what he thought he deserved. The Ravens are in need of defensive help, after having veterans Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard leave via free agency, and losing Ray Lewis to retirement. Dumervil will fill a desperate need at LB for Baltimore.
The Pro Bowl LB is a perfect fit for the Ravens. He's a talented pass rusher with a good motor. He amassed 63 1/2 sacks in 7 seasons with Denver. He'll step in immediately in Baltimore to lead that linebacking core.
Hopefully for Dumervil, his play next season will make fans forget about his contract faux pas. It's one of those stories you just don't hear often in any sport, and it makes you wonder whether Dumervil really wanted to return to Denver. He obviously felt slighted when the Broncos asked him to reduce his salary, as he felt he deserved respect achieving what he had in Denver up to this point.
The Ravens could look to bolster their defense through the draft this Summer. If LB Manti Te'o falls to the last pick in the first round, he could be a good value selection for Baltimore. Their offense was sured up when they resigned Joe Flacco to a major deal, allowing them to focus of defense this offseason.
For Denver, they'll look to fill the hole left by Dumervil's departure. The Broncos could look to any of the big name veteran defenders still available including James Harrison, Brian Urlacher, or Dwight Freeney to take Dumervil's place.