The Baltimore Ravens want to meet with former Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil following the league meetings this week, a league source told Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.
Though contract talks haven’t taken place between the two sides yet, according to Wilson, if Dumervil signs with the Ravens, he would make the transition to outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme. The 29-year-old Dumervil is no stranger when it comes to playing in that scheme, though, as he thrived in it when Denver used it from 2009 to 2010, recording a league-high 17.5 sacks in 2009.
Dumervil was released Friday after Denver executive John Elway said that the team didn’t receive a fax in time from the three-time Pro Bowler and his agent, Marty Magid, to reduce his contract to $8 million this season.
“The bottom line is our offer didn’t change from 11 o’clock, or 1 o’clock Eastern, to the time they decided to take the deal,” Elway said, according to Mike Klis of The Denver Post. “By the time they decided (at 1:25 p.m. MDT), they did not give themselves enough time to send the signed documents back to beat the 2 o’clock (MDT) deadline.”
Instead of having to fully guarantee Dumervil’s $12 million base salary for 2013, the Broncos released him and now have $4.869 million in dead money that they can’t spend against this season’s $123 million salary cap, according to Klis.
Dumervil could ultimately command more money than the Ravens, who are being squeezed by the salary cap, are willing to pay him.
Given that former Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger, who has just 15.5 sacks in four seasons, signed a five-year, $40 million contract that includes $20 million guaranteed with the Cleveland Browns, likely means that Dumervil, who has 63.5 career sacks, the seventh-most since entering the NFL in 2006, will land a more lucrative deal.
At this point, however, Wilson notes that it’s unclear how much Dumervil is seeking.
But it doesn’t help the Ravens’ chances that other teams — including the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans — Wilson points out, have also expressed interest in Dumervil’s services.
The 5-foot-11, 260-pound Dumervil, known for his high motor, has averaged the fourth-most sacks per game — .70 — over the past seven seasons among players with at least 40 sacks.
Having already lost six of the team’s 11 defensive starters from last season’s Super Bowl-winning team, signing Dumervil would bolster a defense that is in desperate need of reinforcements.
In addition to his 63.5 sacks, Dumervil has amassed 225 tackles, 16 forced fumbles, 10 pass deflections and an interception for his career.