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Elvis Dumervil agrees to salary reduction

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Elvis will not be leaving the building after all.

Michelle Beisner of the NFL Network reports that the Broncos and defensive end Elvis Dumervil have agreed on a salary reduction that will keep Dumervil on the team for the 2013 season. The sides needed to work out a deal on Friday in order for Dumervil to avoid the axe because of a $12 million salary that Denver boss John Elway said was “out of whack.”

Dumervil agreed and now the salary has been whacked. Beisner’s colleague Albert Breer reports that it will be a $4 million reduction for Dumervil.

Earlier this week, it looked as if the Broncos were prepared to cut Dumervil and move on even though he’d expressed a willingness to play for less money. One has to wonder if the visits to the Patriots by defensive ends Dwight Freeney and John Abraham contributed to Denver’s decision to find a way to remain in the Dumervil business since dropping a guy with 20.5 sacks over the last two seasons is a pretty risky move unless you’ve got someone lined up to replace him.

Now any addition they make will be to complement Dumervil (and Von Miller) as a pass rusher, something that would be a nice addition to a Broncos defense that’s already addressed defensive tackle, linebacker and cornerback this offseason.

UPDATE 4:25 p.m. ET: Upon further review, Elvis has left the building. Dumervil has been released after the Broncos did not receive a fax with his altered contract before the deadline for guaranteeing his $12 million salary. Apparently the Pony Express was busy.

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32 Responses to “Elvis Dumervil agrees to salary reduction”
  1. hqdeezy says: Mar 15, 2013 3:49 PM

    Dumervil thinks getting his salary whacked is straight up wiggity-wiggity whack!!

  2. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 15, 2013 3:50 PM

    I guess when the boss says you’re making too much money, enough said.

  3. tdubdizzle says: Mar 15, 2013 3:50 PM

    Solid deal for both sides. 8 Mil a year for a guy like Dumervil is worth it.

  4. tmhofficial says: Mar 15, 2013 3:51 PM

    I’m not a fan of FA and overpaying for players, getting poor value, etc. Usually that’s what bad/desperate teams do. As a Packer fan, I’ve been molded this way by default I suppose, but I still laugh at the deals Miami and Indy handed out, amongst others.

    But the value teams like the 49ers, Seahawks, Broncos, and Patriots have been getting this season, so early in FA, makes me wish TT would open the purse strings a bit. Most years, any deal made in the first 3 or 4 days is usually an overpay for a player, and bad value, but these teams have gotten great value on some great players. Well done.

  5. shaggymarrs says: Mar 15, 2013 3:51 PM

    Heck yes! Von-Doom is staying put!

  6. walker615 says: Mar 15, 2013 3:51 PM

    John El

  7. td30 says: Mar 15, 2013 3:52 PM

    wheewwwwww. Got me worried there.

    I know people like to talk crap about doom and say he’s overrated, but even if he doesnt get to the quarterback, teams still have to give him attention which eases up attention on von miller.

  8. marionbarber24isgod says: Mar 15, 2013 3:53 PM

    Looks like he’s the real winner of the DE Free Agency. 8M isn’t too bad compared to what others are getting.

  9. gmen6 says: Mar 15, 2013 3:53 PM

    Out of whack is the NFL letting Denver get Welker. Going to be a freakish offense

  10. capitaosuecia says: Mar 15, 2013 3:55 PM

    Apparently Elway is indeed a “player´s guy”. That was quite a feat.

  11. illogic87 says: Mar 15, 2013 3:55 PM

    Seems like a lot of your article pictures are of players tackling Vikings lol

  12. seansds3d says: Mar 15, 2013 4:01 PM

    YES!!!! Elvis wants a ring after all. :)

  13. brendanragan says: Mar 15, 2013 4:02 PM

    Market value. Stand-up guy. Quarterbacks in the AFC West just kicked a lamp.

  14. caseyinkc says: Mar 15, 2013 4:06 PM

    You ain’t nothing but a hound donkey

  15. oreo51 says: Mar 15, 2013 4:08 PM

    The salary cap and a boatload of DL’s coming out in the draft has given teams all the leverage. The players thought free agency was going to make them all rich. All it has done is flood the market with quality guys competing for a limited pool of money.

  16. cpo187 says: Mar 15, 2013 4:09 PM

    Why even make multiple year contracts anymore? If the player out performs his contract he wants more money and he’s a bad guy. When a player underachieves his contract, the orgazination threatens to cut him unless he takes less money. Starting to get old. Should just go to a standardized, performance based salary or explore other options.

  17. milehigh85 says: Mar 15, 2013 4:11 PM

    Elway is absolutely KILLING IT in free agency!

  18. 3fingerlenny says: Mar 15, 2013 4:13 PM

    That’s weak. He would of got more $ if he hit the market. His agent is an idiot

  19. gridironrat says: Mar 15, 2013 4:14 PM

    Word is contract not filed in time; he has been released.

  20. saints25 says: Mar 15, 2013 4:15 PM

    oh-oh twitter just broke a story that he’s been released,because the contract wasnt turned in on time,,..we’ll see

  21. numberoneinthehoodg says: Mar 15, 2013 4:15 PM

    Good thing peanut butter and banana sandwiches are pretty cheap. How else is going to “feed his family”?

  22. 540bronco says: Mar 15, 2013 4:17 PM

    Keeping Dumervil was bigger than any signing the Broncos have made this offseason. Elway is still working his magic 15 years later!

  23. bigboysmash says: Mar 15, 2013 4:21 PM

    Contract was not filled in time. He was just released.

  24. ken1313 says: Mar 15, 2013 4:21 PM

    I just heard the same thing…Denver didn’t file the paperwork by 4PM and they had to release him. Not sure if there is a rule preventing him from re-signing with Denver now…but he is a free agent as of right now

  25. ncm42 says: Mar 15, 2013 4:22 PM

    Contract was 7 minutes past the deadline…

  26. djlexluger says: Mar 15, 2013 4:22 PM

    They didnt get it filed to the NFL in time he ended up getting released.

  27. lebronsinsecurity says: Mar 15, 2013 4:23 PM

    Wooops!

    “Elvis Dumervil’s contract not filed with NFL in time. Dumervil released, as Denver Post released.”

  28. SAV says: Mar 15, 2013 4:24 PM

    Elvis should have left the building and left “the horse face killa” without a pass rush

  29. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Mar 15, 2013 4:29 PM

    Elvis will not be spotted at that Kalamazoo
    Burger King after all! Nice job sir.

  30. chi01town says: Mar 15, 2013 4:51 PM

    Dumervil is nuts and he should have made Elway cut him. Dumervil
    was gone get picked up quick and Denver would have had to pay him part of his contract. Elway tried to put him out there bad in the media

  31. gooboy6 says: Mar 15, 2013 5:34 PM

    Who uses a Fax machine anymore ? I disconnected mine 3 years ago, hilarious. SCAN-PDF-EMAIL , LOL

  32. ericn42000 says: Mar 15, 2013 7:12 PM

    Elvis has left the building!!!!!

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