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Dumervil, Scheffler will stay away from offseason programs

In what is likely start of a growing trend, Broncos restricted free agents Elvis Dumervil and Tony Scheffler will stay away from offseason conditioning workouts in Denver that starts Monday.

(Monday? Really? The offseason for these guys is ridiculously short.)

I’m going to work out with my dad,”
Dumervil said.
His father served 13 years in the Marines.

Scheffler’s absence is no surprise, as he’s believed to be on the trade block.  The absence of Dumervil and other key players will be more noticeable if they don’t show up for on-field work, as a few agents are recommending

Staying away from offseason practice will be a way for players to show they are unhappy with their status as RFAs because of the uncapped year.

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22 Responses to “Dumervil, Scheffler will stay away from offseason programs”
  1. DatSkinzDude21 says: Mar 10, 2010 11:10 AM

    You know it is very strange that these players sign there rookie contracts and are aware of the possibilities of an uncapped year by the time they would have became an unrestricted FA, yet they choose to show their unhappiness by not participating in offseason program. They should be thankful that they still have a job. They are many people who have lost their jobs in the workforce and not given an opportunity to remain at the same or reduced salary. They were simply handed their walking papers.

  2. Walshy711 says: Mar 10, 2010 11:14 AM

    Denver should either pay dumervil the big bucks or trade him to Miami where mike Nolan would love to have dumervil again

  3. DonTerrelli says: Mar 10, 2010 11:17 AM

    I say cut em if they don’t participate. Actin all like Clinton Portis. You see where that’s gotten him.

  4. cowboys1 says: Mar 10, 2010 11:17 AM

    i hate the redskins, but couldnt agree with you more, its like spoiled children, they just dont get it.

  5. CapsLockKey says: Mar 10, 2010 11:25 AM

    “(Monday? Really? The offseason for these guys is ridiculously short.)”
    Unless they are playing in the Superbowl, they get over two months off. Wish I got that much time off from my job.

  6. hizzle1281 says: Mar 10, 2010 11:26 AM

    im tired of people saying that players bitch about money…….ITS THEIR JOB!!
    think of it this way, if you have a job in a office and your the companies best employee, and the guy that doesnt do half of what you can do is making 10 times as much as you
    just a thought

  7. Ryan says: Mar 10, 2010 11:28 AM

    It is easy to look at them as being really unappriciative, but at your place of work people around you, that werent perfoming as well as you were getting raises, and your not, well your going to be a little upset.

  8. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Mar 10, 2010 11:30 AM

    Scheffler is a very good TE and if he’s on the trading block he’ll get an offer real quick
    and Durmervil had a great season he deserves a new contract

  9. el_dude00 says: Mar 10, 2010 11:33 AM

    Who cares? Elvis will get his deal and I really don’t care if Scheff stays or goes. He’s a great pass catching tight end that is somewhat injury proned playing in an offense that doesn’t feature pass catching tight ends.
    If we can get a 3rd or 4th for Tony, mission accomplished.
    What’s clear is that something is going to happen with both of these players. So if I’m one of those players, I’d avoid the risk of injury until that something happens or workouts become mandatory. Whichever comes first.
    Let’s not pretend like Joshie is an expert in managing personell.

  10. DatSkinzDude21 says: Mar 10, 2010 11:42 AM

    hizzle1281 says:
    March 10, 2010 11:26 AM
    im tired of people saying that players bitch about money…….ITS THEIR JOB!!
    think of it this way, if you have a job in a office and your the companies best employee, and the guy that doesnt do half of what you can do is making 10 times as much as you
    just a thought
    Response: Good point, but apparently, Dumervil is NOT their best player just like Shane Merriman is NOT the Chargers best player.

  11. BroncosFanTX77 says: Mar 10, 2010 11:43 AM

    The players are technically “Free Agents” until they sign their tender, so they are under no obligation to work out at”voluntary” workouts at Dove Valley.
    Neither players deserve a long term deal right now either.
    Tony Scheffler is as good as gone. If he can’t find a suitor then Denver will just release him when the last deadline for RFA’s to sign their tender is, April 24th I believe. Tony will not sign his tender. So no surprise he isn’t going to “workout” at Dove Valley.
    Elvis Dumervil is such a reliability in run support it is unreal. Yes he shows flashes of brilliance against lesser competition, but he gets his sacks in spurts and gets flat run over against the run.
    Denver is very smart to tender him give him a nice raise and see if he can step up his game next year against the run. Denver has beefed up their line in a HUGE way this offseason, it is time for Dumervil to show the Broncos consistency if he wants his big money next year. If he does then extend him if not then slap another tender on him. It’s a business and the teams have a right to treat the players like employees instead of GODS.
    And yes I am a Broncos fan, I just call it like I see it.

  12. Swedish Mafia says: Mar 10, 2010 12:00 PM

    These guys act like they are OWED this sort of money. So many of them make more in a game or two than I do in a year. You play a frickin game for a living!! Entertain me while you’re on the field and keep your mouth shut off it…..after all, people like me are paying your already ridiculous salary.

  13. milehiclown says: Mar 10, 2010 12:01 PM

    @BroncosFanTX77: since you “call it like [you] see it”–do you read (or see) what you type?
    “Elvis Dumervil is such a reliability in run support it is unreal.”
    Do you mean LIABILITY? Jesus.

  14. SonOfNOLA says: Mar 10, 2010 12:04 PM

    I hope the Saints make a run at Dumervil and/or Scheffler because that’s all we’re missing. A consistent (healthy for 16 games) playmaker at the TE position and there isn’t anything as good in the draft that we’d get that can produce like Elvis Dumervil so I think he’d be worth our 1st & 3rd round picks, only if we can get someone to offer one of our LT’s an offer so we can take the picks to use as trade bait.

  15. LighTsouT says: Mar 10, 2010 12:05 PM

    “Response: Good point, but apparently, Dumervil is NOT their best player just like Shane Merriman is NOT the Chargers best player.”
    Merriman isn’t their best player. lol. he’s half the player he was before he got caught roiding.

  16. reddog9 says: Mar 10, 2010 12:08 PM

    I don’t get the people on here saying they should cut the guys for not participating or blame the players for not practicing. Do you realize that these 2 guys do not have signed contracts??? This is different than a player holding out who is under contract.
    The team has made them an offer (via restricted FA deals), but until the players except, they do not need to report. They should hold out until the start of the season. For some they could lose a bit of money as the offers can be reduced in June, but for the rest they should just withhold their services. If the teams really want them at these practices, then they can increase their offers……

  17. gyldenlove says: Mar 10, 2010 12:19 PM

    I have heard some dumb shit in my time, but this one takes the cake:
    “You know it is very strange that these players sign there rookie contracts and are aware of the possibilities of an uncapped year by the time they would have became an unrestricted FA, yet they choose to show their unhappiness by not participating in offseason program. They should be thankful that they still have a job. They are many people who have lost their jobs in the workforce and not given an opportunity to remain at the same or reduced salary. They were simply handed their walking papers.”
    When they signed their rookie contracts in 2006, the league had just a few months earlier accepted a new CBA that was set to expire in 2012, how the hell were they supposed to somehow be able to predict that owners would cut the deal short 2 years early? The owners didn’t even know at the time.
    Just another thing, they have no contract at the moment and so technically do not have a job since they are not being paid, do you often find yourself showing up and Mcdonalds (AKA your job) and flipping burgers even when you are not getting paid?

  18. scrapdawg12 says: Mar 10, 2010 12:37 PM

    The only thing that should be restricted in the NFL are the rookie contracts. I would be pissed to if I could be a FA and now i’m a RFA, especially if you don’t want to play for that team. Sitting out the year might be a better option for some of these players.

  19. reddog9 says: Mar 10, 2010 12:54 PM

    Hey scrapdawg12 – Most of these players (at least 200 of them) could have been FA’s this year if they had signed a new deal with the NFL. However, their clueless union boss opted not to take what the NFL was offering, so 200 guys will pay the price……..that’s just the way unions work!

  20. Wrongo says: Mar 10, 2010 1:05 PM

    It must be a slow day if this is considered news. Players not under contract are not attending voluntary workouts. As to those rookie contracts, their agents should have understood the potential of the contract not lasting until 2012 and planned accordingly.

  21. brasho says: Mar 10, 2010 1:38 PM

    I don’t want to hear about any crying about the short offseason, give me a damn break! The Broncos will have had over 2 months off since they last had to work… and all they are going to be doing is conditioning and weight training, something they should be doing themselves already.
    NFL players work 7-8 months of the year and yet even players making the veteran’s minimum get paid more per week than many people get in one year…. and it’s a game that most of us have done our whole lives for free!

  22. VegasBronco says: Mar 10, 2010 2:20 PM

    One point I did not read, since the player is not under contract and he does work out and then gets injuried, guess what, no contract for this player.

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