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Denver faces dilemma on Dumervil

The NFL’s sack leader plays for the Denver Broncos.

Whether he still plays there in 2010 remains to be seen.

Elvis Dumervil’s rookie contract expires after the 2009 season.  Without a new labor deal, however, he won’t be eligible for unrestricted free agency.

So the Broncos can squat on his rights via a restricted free agency tender, which will entail a non-guaranteed salary far lower than the $10 million or so guaranteed that the franchise tender for defensive ends would entail.

But will even the highest possible tender offer keep teams away from Dumervil?  The Vikings surely don’t regret giving up a first-round pick and a third-round pick for Jared Allen — and that’s the exact price an interested team would have to pay for pilfering Dumervil.

He has 40 sacks in five games short of four seasons.  In comparison, Texans defensive end Mario Williams — the first pick in the 2006 draft — has 35.5 career sacks in the same span.

So the Broncos might have to use the franchise tag to ensure that Dumervil stays put.

Or they can pay him.

The Broncos have two other key players who will be restricted free agents in 2010 absent a new labor deal — receiver Brandon Marshall and quarterback Kyle Orton.
 
So with his push for a new deal really heating up, we’ve got one piece of advice for Dumervil when the Broncos head to Denver for a game on December 27.

Resist the urge to stomp on Mike Vick’s leg.

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32 Responses to “Denver faces dilemma on Dumervil”
  1. Why Isn't Jackson Starting? says: Dec 2, 2009 11:49 PM

    Hey Florio,
    I just listened to your conversation with Paul Allen from Tuesday and you made a great point about Adrian Peterson. You owned the guy on his own show….well done!

  2. favrecansuckit says: Dec 3, 2009 12:00 AM

    Marcus Vick

  3. dakotah says: Dec 3, 2009 12:05 AM

    “we’ve got one piece of advice for Dumervil when the Broncos head to Denver for a game on December 27″. I would have thought that Denver plays half of their games in Denver – of course, my job isn’t to follow football full-time, so what do I know.

  4. Heese says: Dec 3, 2009 12:11 AM

    Nevermind, just re-read the ending, continue to throw shit against the wall.

  5. scumbag619 says: Dec 3, 2009 12:13 AM

    it was Marcus that stomped Elvis, Florio…

  6. DildoBaggins says: Dec 3, 2009 12:30 AM

    Yes Florio, I’m sure Dumervil has been holding onto to that for 4 years just waiting for his chance against Marcus Vick’s brother, so he could stomp on his leg.
    I’m sure Dumervil has had this day circled on his calender for years….
    Florio where do you even come up with this shit?
    Oh wait, it involves the Eagles, nevermind I already have my answer.

  7. Birds20 says: Dec 3, 2009 12:40 AM

    well…..the broncos heading to Denver? Come on Florio

  8. RickUpchurch says: Dec 3, 2009 12:44 AM

    Broncos actually head to Philly on Dec. 27. They also have to deal with Chris Kuper’s and Tony Scheffler’s expiring contracts.

  9. KyleOrtonsArm says: Dec 3, 2009 1:42 AM

    Kyle Ortons staying put

  10. jonnyfootballhero says: Dec 3, 2009 1:43 AM

    The Broncos are already in Denver, Dumbass!

  11. r_u_shtn_me says: Dec 3, 2009 2:05 AM

    What the hell is this supposed to mean???
    “So with his push for a new deal really heating up, we’ve got one piece of advice for Dumervil when the Broncos head to Denver for a game on December 27. Resist the urge to stomp on Mike Vick’s leg.”
    Broncos head to Denver??? From where? Did I miss something or is this just typical PFT “we’re too high” talk?

  12. just_a_cigar says: Dec 3, 2009 2:06 AM

    Chiefs actually got a 1st and two 3rds for Allen. Still a rip. Albert, Cottam and Morgan will never touch Allen. What a brilliant franchise!

  13. Rock56 says: Dec 3, 2009 2:09 AM

    I love you Florio.. but the Broncos are heading to Philly on Dec 27th.. need an editor? I’ll work cheap..
    The Broncos had what turned out to be a GREAT offseason last year.. (Robert Ayers, Alphonso Smith, Future 3rd.. oh and Kyle Orton.. 4 Jay Suckler) I think Dumervil is good.. but if you could get a first and a third.. that would be tempting

  14. Rock56 says: Dec 3, 2009 2:13 AM

    Florio… I love you and all.. but the Broncos are going to Philly not Denver.. you need an editor? I’ll work cheap
    Denver had a GREAT offseason last year (Robert Ayers, Alphonso Smith, Future 3rd oh and Kyle Orton.. 4 Jay Suckler) I think Dumervil is good.. but a 1st and a 3rd could sway my mind

  15. CABroncoFan says: Dec 3, 2009 2:16 AM

    Damn it Florio. You actually started to sound like journalist here…interesting bit of info with great perspective in the comparison to Mario Williams.
    Then you piss your pants.

  16. Bob Sacamano says: Dec 3, 2009 2:18 AM

    The Vikings gave up a 1st round pick and two 3rd round picks for Jared Allen.
    Speaking of which, is anyone ever going to examine the fact that if you take Allen’s numbers against the awful Packers’ offensive line out of the equation, he’s actually been incredibly average this season?
    Compare his numbers against the Pack (7.5 sacks in 2 games) to his numbers against the rest of the league (5 sacks in 9 games). The latter stat only translates to 8-9 sacks throughout the course of the season.
    What if the Vikings didn’t start their series with the Packers until late in the year? Based on his rate against the rest of the league, Allen would only have 6 sacks right now and people would be wondering what the hell the Vikings paid all that money for.

  17. Swanie says: Dec 3, 2009 2:21 AM

    O.K. Mike that draws the line for me when you say ” advice for dumervil when the broncos head to denver ” it is time for you to sit down shut up and stop trying so hard to be the best and just keeping being the same guy we started reading and enjoyed you have gotten a little overzealous and lost your own identity. old school pft. for me!!!

  18. orangeolive says: Dec 3, 2009 2:32 AM

    I believe it was Marcus who did that and not Mike.

  19. this class sucks says: Dec 3, 2009 6:00 AM

    Ok relax morons: Clearly it was Marcus but since his career is about where his brother’s was this time last year, if Elvis wanted revenge he would have to settle for Vick. And I doubt Florio is implying that the Dumster (D-oo-mster) has been waiting for revenge, I think he was just pointing out that little tidbit to close his article with. Its idiots like the people above who are the reason the rest of us who critique Florio are probably ignored. By the way isn’t tidbit a weird looking word with the d & b together like that?

  20. ninjaskills says: Dec 3, 2009 8:31 AM

    Good god, what a bunch of dorks are commenting on this site…Criticizing isn’t a skill and doesn’t make you whiners sound smart. The guy’s writing a blog, it’s not the Odyssey.
    You sound like the a**holes that told on other kids in class when the teacher was out.

  21. Bill In DC says: Dec 3, 2009 8:37 AM

    Given the uncapped season, don’t the Broncos have TWO franchise tags that they can use?
    Since there will be no cap in 2010 (99.8% probability) I don’t think the Broncos have a problem. Franchise Dumervil & Marshall, RFA 1 & 3 for Orton, then sign them to long term deals.

  22. DragynJ says: Dec 3, 2009 9:34 AM

    To: Bob Sacamano
    I am a DIE HARD Vikes fan, but your point on Allen is not missed on me!! The other point to make on his stat is this. 3-4 of his sacks have come in “garbage” time. When the game is on the line and we NEED a sack, it never comes. If it does come it’s not from him. However, after saying that, he does make our DLine better. But you are right, his sack numbers are inflated and are not the best measure of his success this year.

  23. SmackMyVickUp says: Dec 3, 2009 9:46 AM

    Orton is going to find a spot where he can take his rightful job as a backup QB.
    ———————-
    Please do not resist the urge to stomp on Mike Vick’s leg.
    So far all we have is the Chiefs game where he got his ribs bruised. Not really award worthy material, but better than nothing. Shame Vicky turned into such a disappointment, hardly enters games.
    Vick Bounty

  24. Cecil says: Dec 3, 2009 9:46 AM

    “Good god, what a bunch of dorks are commenting on this site…Criticizing isn’t a skill and doesn’t make you whiners sound smart. The guy’s writing a blog, it’s not the Odyssey.
    You sound like the a**holes that told on other kids in class when the teacher was out. ”
    What’s really funny is a dude whose tag is “ninjaskills” calling other people dorks.

  25. Al Davis' 40 Time says: Dec 3, 2009 9:50 AM

    DragynJ says:
    December 3, 2009 9:34 AM
    To: Bob Sacamano
    I am a DIE HARD Vikes fan, but your point on Allen is not missed on me!! The other point to make on his stat is this. 3-4 of his sacks have come in “garbage” time. When the game is on the line and we NEED a sack, it never comes. If it does come it’s not from him. However, after saying that, he does make our DLine better. But you are right, his sack numbers are inflated and are not the best measure of his success this year.
    ———————————————
    A calm and respectful exchange of opinions on PFT?

  26. DaBillsDaaahhhBills says: Dec 3, 2009 10:12 AM

    ninjaskills says:
    December 3, 2009 8:31 AM
    Good god, what a bunch of dorks are commenting on this site…Criticizing isn’t a skill and doesn’t make you whiners sound smart. The guy’s writing a blog, it’s not the Odyssey.
    You sound like the a**holes that told on other kids in class when the teacher was out.
    One of the main reasons I read the comments is one like this…Stick it to ‘em Ninja (by the way I frequently criticize only to be perceived as clever, but now realize that I fall in with the a**holes to whom you are referring.)

  27. purplepuzzyeatrz says: Dec 3, 2009 10:24 AM

    As a Die hard Purple fan myself, I am always interested in peoples thoughts on Key players..In regards to Jared Allen, what AL and Bob are not considering are the Stategies Defenses have to incorporate just to keep Allen at Bay. The whole reason Edwards and the Williams boys(both tackles have unreal sack totals for DT) are having the success they are, is due to Allen. He is much like AP is for the offense, just his presence in there changes the whole offensive scheme for the opponent….SKOL

  28. Warpig33 says: Dec 3, 2009 10:25 AM

    ninjaskills:
    “Good god, what a bunch of dorks are commenting on this site…Criticizing isn’t a skill and doesn’t make you whiners sound smart. The guy’s writing a blog, it’s not the Odyssey.
    You sound like the a**holes that told on other kids in class when the teacher was out.”
    ————————————————-
    LOL! I agree totally! I get tired of hearing all these whiners on here complaining about how the blog is written. Shut up and move on. If you don’t like it, don’t read it or start your own “perfect” blog.
    Amen brother!

  29. CABroncoFan says: Dec 3, 2009 10:55 AM

    If you can’t poke fun at a guy from West Virginia with a 90′s haircut, what’s the world come to?

  30. SF Saints Fan says: Dec 3, 2009 10:58 AM

    Bob Sacamano:
    DragynJ:
    I was thinking the same thing about Jared Allen so I looked up his season stats. I still think he is a beast, but besides the two games against the awful Packers O-Line, he has looked good, but not great. Here is a breakdown of his stats and the effect of his sacks:
    Cleveland: 0 tackles 1 assist 0 sacks
    * No effect Zero sacks
    Detroit: 4 tackles 0 assists 1 sack 1 forced fumble
    Sack (and forced fumble recovered by Detroit) occurred at the beginning of the third quarter. Detroit was ahead 10-7 at the time. Drive stalled, Lions punted, Vikings drove for a tying FG.
    * Sack helped stall a drive and Vikings drove for a tying FG.
    Niners: 4 tackles 2 assists 1 sack 1 forced fumble
    Sack (and forced fumble recovered by Niners) occurred on first drive of the game. Drive stalled, Niners punted, Vikings punted, Niners punted……
    * Sack had no bearing on the outcome of the game
    Green Bay – Monster Game
    Rams: 2 tackles 0 assists 0 sacks 0 forced fumbles 1 pass defensed.
    * No effect Zero sacks
    Ravens: 6 tackles 1 assist 1 sack
    Sack occurred early in fourth quarter. No effect. ravens drove for a TD on the drive and cut the Vikings lead to 27-17.
    * No effect Ravens drove for a TD on that drive.
    Steelers: 1 tackle 1 assist 0 sacks 1 pass defensed
    * No effect Zero sacks. Vikings lost game.
    Green Bay – Monster Game
    Seahawks: 0 tackles 1 assist 0 sacks
    * No effect Zero sacks
    Bears: 2 tackles 0 assists 2 sacks 1 Interception
    Interception occurred in second quarter, Vikings drove for TD and went ahead 24-7. Sack #1 early fourth quarter. Vikings were ahead 30-10. Garbage Time drive stalled. Second sack late in fourth quarter with Vikings ahead by the final score of 36-10.
    * Neither sack had any effect on the game.
    First off, I think Jared Allen is a beast and I think he would be a very positive influence on any team. Second, you have to look at more than sacks to judge his effect on a game. Given all that, you have to conclude that, besides the two games against the Packers which I did not break down, the sacks of Jared Allen have had very little bearing on the Vikings games this year. The most notable sack occurred in the Detroit game when the game was still in doubt. Besides that sack the other (minus the Packers games) were meaningless sacks, mostly in garbage time.

  31. Forevercorr says: Dec 3, 2009 10:58 AM

    I’m not going to to be critical about the writing of this article, but I did want to point out that folks here in Denver have heard about ongoing contract negotiations with Dumervil and Marshall for the last few weeks, with the hope of signing both of them before the end of the year. They are priority contracts, and Bowlen has classically been pretty good about getting those done. Orton and a few others will likely fall shortly after that. But Dumervil probably won’t get tagged. He’ll get paid. He’s already made it clear he wants to be a Bronco for life.

  32. SheHateMe says: Dec 3, 2009 11:03 AM

    The real fun about this blog is is to watch all the semi-literate idiots spend all their time (I doubt very seriously if they are employed) eagerly searching for any gramatical, factual, or editorial error they can possibly find and then rejoice to the heavens when they do.
    Having said that, I have to admit (as an absolute fan of this column), you DO give them plenty of ammunition………..

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