Citing a source with the NFL Players Association, the Denver Post reports that the Broncos have threatened to reduce unsigned restricted free agent Elvis Dumervil’s tender offer if he doesn’t sign the team’s initial one-year proposal by Monday.
Dumervil is currently wearing a first- and third-round tender that would pay him $3.168 million in 2010. He would prefer a long-term contract, and has made a good faith gesture by practicing with the team on an injury waiver during negotiations. Dumervil led the NFL in sacks last season, is only 26 years old, and by all accounts is a quality citizen. He fully intends to participate in Denver’s minicamp this weekend.
The Broncos are still playing hardball.
Second-year coach Josh McDaniels’ team could reduce Dumervil’s tender to as little as $630,000 if he doesn’t sign the $3.168 million offer by next Tuesday.