As Dwight Freeney and John Abraham took turns visiting Thursday with the Broncos at Dove Valley, the Baltimore Ravens have made a strong push for Elvis Dumervil.
Perhaps, this dragged-out Dumervil pay-cut saga is nearing its end.
The Ravens have delivered a contract offer to Dumervil, according to two NFL sources. However, the sources say the Broncos have offered slightly more money in the early portion of the deal.
The Broncos' money has tightened because of a $4.89 million dead-money, salary-cap hit they absorbed while releasing Dumervil last week, so re-signing Dumervil likely would mean releasing a player or two off their roster.
Miami and Tennessee are talking with Dumervil's agent, Tom Condon, but have not made formal offers, according to the two sources.
Dumervil, 29, has been with the Broncos since he was one of their fourth-round draft choices in 2006. He missed the 2010 season because of injury but has 63 ½ sacks in his other six, an average of 10.6 sacks per year. He has been named to three Pro Bowl teams.
"There will be a plan in place and John Elway will execute it," Broncos president Joe Ellis said Wednesday as he was leaving the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. "It would be great to see Elvis come back. He's been a great player for the Broncos. Time will tell."
After the Broncos paid Dumervil $14 million in 2011 and another $14 million in 2012, Elway, the Broncos' front-office boss, and Mike Sullivan, the team's contract negotiator and salary-cap manager, informed Dumervil's agent Marty Magid at the NFL scouting combine last month they did not want to pay his client another $12 million in 2013.
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Elvis Dumervil mulls Ravens' offer; Freeney, Abraham visit Broncos
Denver Post | Mar 21