Free agency is days away, and the Broncos want pass rusher Elvis Dumervil to help them.
During the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis two weeks ago, the Broncos informed Dumervil's agent, Marty Magid, that the team intended to seek a salary reduction, according to two NFL sources.
No particulars were discussed, and there have been no negotiations since between the Broncos and Magid. It's not that Dumervil is getting picked on among well-compensated Broncos players so much as his current contract has a provision that states his $12 million salary would become fully guaranteed by the fifth day of the league year, or March 16.
If a new agreement is not reached, it's possible the Broncos could place Dumervil on the trading block, or release him.
Magid wouldn't comment when reached by phone Wednesday.
Dumervil has been one of the NFL's top pass rushers since he was selected by the Broncos in the fourth round of the 2006 draft. When the Broncos, under new head coach Josh McDaniels, switched to a 3-4 defense in 2009, Dumervil was shifted to a pass-rushing outside linebacker position and recorded a league-leading 17 sacks.
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