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Trio of teams after Dumervil, Freeney


Last Friday, the Broncos cut defensive end Elvis Dumervil after a last-minute effort to re-do his contract imploded at the last minute.

Now, a trio of teams hover over Dumervil and former Colts defensive end/linebacker Dwight Freeney.

Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, the Steelers, Ravens, and Broncos remain in play for both players.  Currently, Dumervil’s decision is expected to come down to Baltimore and Denver.  Whichever of that duo doesn’t get Dumervil becomes likely to land Freeney, with the Steelers as the possible alternative destination.

The fact that Dumervil remains on the right side of 30 makes him more attractive than Freeney.  In Baltimore, Dumervil would help reverse the recent bleeding.  His addition also would constitute the ultimate tweaking of the Broncos, who lost in dramatic fashion to the Ravens in the postseason.

While the Broncos want Dumervil back, the fact that last Friday’s offer evaporated after agent Marty Magid failed to fax the paperwork to Denver on time has created some hard feelings.  The Broncos have blamed the lower package on the cap acceleration resulting from the termination of Dumervil’s prior contract, but the fact that future cap dollars have been pushed into 2013 easily can be remedied via a structure that nudges cap dollars that otherwise would count this year into the future.

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  1. Sackville Rc says: Mar 21, 2013 8:54 PM

    I don’t think Denver really wants him back, and they want Freeney on the cheap. Do something soon or lose them both.

  2. geobh says: Mar 21, 2013 8:54 PM

    come to cincy.

  3. skoobyfl says: Mar 21, 2013 8:55 PM

    Dumer to Denver.

  4. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Mar 21, 2013 8:55 PM

    Who gives a crap…you trying to set a new record for most posts about one player? Or the most references of the words ‘fax machine’?

  5. deminizer says: Mar 21, 2013 9:03 PM

    After all the talk about the Ravens imploding, if they were to field a front 7 next year featuring Suggs, Dumervil, Ngata, Canty and Upshaw, factoring in Jones, Spears, Mcphee and Jameel McClain (if healthy), they would have addressed one of their biggest problems last year. Say what you want, but counting the Ravens out in March is a mistake. It’s been done the past few years when they lost Heap, Gregg, Mason, JJ, Grubbs and others, but they made the AFC Championship and won a SuperBowl. Yes, veterans are departing, but isn’t that what coaches are paid for as well? Like New England and Pittsburgh, the Ravens know how to navigate the salary cap, and they have 12 draft picks. While the haters will assail this post for simply pointing out facts, the Ravens front office knows how to develop and maintain a Playoff caliber team, and I think it’s a credit to them, and the rest of the league will see again next year why, that they don’t deviate from a winning formula, even when reaching the pinnacle of success.

  6. fistoftheraven says: Mar 21, 2013 9:06 PM

    Baltimore can make a recent offer but we probably still can’t afford him. We have about $10M in cap space. Reserving for $3M for the draft, we can offer somewhere in the range of $7M. The question is whether he really wants to take that . . .

    He probably wants something closer to $10M . . . a possibility for Baltimore they we are to restructure our big contracts (Ngata, Suggs, or Webb).

  7. gregerss says: Mar 21, 2013 9:09 PM

    geobh says:
    Mar 21, 2013 8:54 PM
    come to cincy.
    They probably want no part of him. He doesn’t have a criminal record.

  8. tedmurph says: Mar 21, 2013 9:09 PM

    So I guess the Pats underpay John Abraham.

  9. joestrummerlives says: Mar 21, 2013 9:11 PM

    “a last-minute effort to re-do his contract imploded at the last minute.”

    I’m still available to write and/or edit.

  10. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Mar 21, 2013 9:17 PM

    Come back home Doom!

  11. pleasefirecam says: Mar 21, 2013 9:20 PM

    Ravens will sign Dumervil and Huff in the next few days.

  12. darknessspreads says: Mar 21, 2013 9:23 PM

    Who gives a crap…you trying to set a new record for most posts about one player? Or the most references of the words ‘fax machine’?
    Well, I am going to guess that at the very least, the fans in Denver, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh care enough to give a crap. Maybe even TWO craps!

  13. ravensallday2012 says: Mar 21, 2013 9:34 PM

    Fixes all Baltimore problems with this signing. Would have the best pass rush. Can u imagine suggs ngata Canty and dumerville. Haha would be dominant. On Ozzie we trust

  14. deathonwings410 says: Mar 21, 2013 9:34 PM

    Suggs and Doom, plus Ngata, McPhee and Canty could be a monstrous combo. Just need to find an ILB to pair with McClellan and a safety. Luckily, this draft is deep at both positions.

  15. sasquatch77 says: Mar 21, 2013 9:36 PM

    This whole thing rubs me the wrong way. On the one hand, the Broncos have been less than elegant in their handling of this whole thing, contacting a great player way too late in the lead-up to free agency when this deal should have been in discussions in February.

    On the other hand, you can see their position. It’s not like Dum is playing pro-bono, having collected $28 mil (easily twice his real market value) in the two years leading up to this.

    Add to that the fact that Dumervil didn’t care enough to be in a Denver zip code last Friday when all this was coming down to the wire, and I don’t know who to be disappointed with more.

    Sign Abraham already.

  16. ravenmuscle says: Mar 21, 2013 9:38 PM

    Make that Adam Schefter….Alan Shefter is somebody I never heard of.

  17. noaheffenway says: Mar 21, 2013 9:40 PM

    The next post about Elvis and the Broncos should have a photo of a fax machine. Maybe the scene from Office Space where they crush the fax machine.

  18. dalucks says: Mar 21, 2013 9:44 PM

    This is good news. As the market dwindles then the Texans will be able to sign DT Richard Seymour and DE John Abraham to 1 year, 1 million dollar deals.

  19. roastbeefsandwich says: Mar 21, 2013 9:45 PM

    Fax machines are used because its sort of a legality issue, something like the only “official” way to digitally transfer a document.

  20. stevincinci says: Mar 21, 2013 10:09 PM

    geobh says: Mar 21, 2013 8:54 PM

    come to cincy.

    Don’t need ’em, Geo. Bengals D is stacked. #6 D in the league have them all coming back.

  21. erfoster says: Mar 21, 2013 10:10 PM

    No way any of the 3 go to Pittsburgh.

  22. bronco1991 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:11 PM

    ^^^ What is Tebow up to now-a-days?

  23. SAV says: Mar 21, 2013 10:15 PM

    Did the Broncos lose in dramatic fashion to the Ravens? Must’ve missed that

  24. gerard33 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:21 PM

    get out of denver man, theyll be rebuilding during most of your remaining prime (i.e. post peyton)

  25. garrison1981 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:38 PM

    Stafford needs to restructure his ridiculous contract like the others to allow cap space to get in on these two!

  26. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Mar 21, 2013 10:45 PM

    yssupasigninnamnotyep says:
    Mar 21, 2013 8:55 PM
    Who gives a crap…you trying to set a new record for most posts about one player? Or the most references of the words ‘fax machine’?
    Lets see, you click the post, read it, then comment. I’d say your the one who gives a crap.

  27. Iknoweverything says: Mar 21, 2013 10:52 PM

    Word on the street is that they both were pleading to join the Chiefs and/or Seahawks.

    If Mr. Andy Reid and Mr. Pete Carroll are ignoring their pleas to join a dynasty team, then it’s safe to assume that these two players are not talented enough to play for a Super Bowl contender.

    The other 30 lowly pretenders can scrap amongst themselves for the 2nd rate talent

  28. 8nflfan7 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:53 PM

    Steelers really na . Dought that

  29. thefiesty1 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:54 PM

    Dumervilles agent is the real Dummervil. He needs a new agent pronto.

  30. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:04 PM

    Stopping putting “linebacker” next to Freeneys name, thats was a failed experiment

  31. mlenenski says: Mar 21, 2013 11:13 PM

    And in case you hadn’t heard a couple posts back, Rich McKay is a huge liar.

    Falcons need Rich McKay the tool like Florio needs a wig….not.

    Both are embarassing to think about, but easily done without.

  32. kegrun says: Mar 21, 2013 11:15 PM

    Atlanta gets both.

  33. 209eaglesfan says: Mar 21, 2013 11:15 PM

    Hopefully he goes to the Titans so he could move into Graceland

  34. goldenperspective says: Mar 21, 2013 11:18 PM

    I hope Elvis goes to Baltimore. Upgrade over Paul Kruger. Elvis and Suggs coming off the edge with Haloti Nata(however you spell it) in the mix, sheesh. Who needs all pro safeties with that kind of disruption in the pocket? Better run against them instead. Right up the middle. Where Lewis,Reed, Pollard and Ellerbe used be.

  35. truetrue85 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:20 PM

    Why aren’t the Patriots making a play on these guys?! The pass rush is dismal at best and our downfall every year!

  36. randylaheytpb says: Mar 21, 2013 11:33 PM

    Who gives a crap?

    Yeah, why would anyone want to read a story about two big name free agents during the height of free agency on a website called Pro Football Talk?

    Never understand posts like the above. Quiet down or go read Bleacher Report.

  37. murraysons says: Mar 22, 2013 12:12 AM

    it’s 2013 and a FAX machine is still a relevant topic? Is Doc gonna make it back in time? what era do I live in? I’m not even sure

  38. datmilehighswagistoodamnhigh says: Mar 22, 2013 12:19 AM

    well screw you Doom. You and your agent mess up and now you’re gonna be a punk and possibly go to the ravens!? The team that deflated what you and you’re teammates fought so hard for all season. You’re a traitor to Bronco Nation. Go ahead and join them, you’re overrated anyway, on 10 sacks opposite the beast that is Von Miller in 1vs1 matchups?? And you got pushed around against the run. Totally replaceable and definitely not worth 12 mil. He dissapeared till the 4th in almost every game except in clean up time. Its your fault, take the deal or move the hell on. I’d rather have Freeney anyway, least he doesn’t get pushed around like a chump or we could draft a DE in the 1st or 2nd and get more production. just don’t come back to Denver if you leave for Baltimore or Pittsburgh.

  39. bigbenh8tr says: Mar 22, 2013 12:29 AM


  40. ravenator says: Mar 22, 2013 12:30 AM

    Thanks to a fax machine mishap, Ravens remain favorites in the division after landing Dumervil. Hate on haters.

  41. nodindenver says: Mar 22, 2013 12:33 AM

    Sure hope Dumervil signs somewhere soon so we do not have to hear about him and his saga. I wish I would have heard from him in the playoffs but, that did not happen.

  42. muklodge says: Mar 22, 2013 1:31 AM


  43. djcoreylee says: Mar 22, 2013 1:38 AM


  44. dirtysouthniner says: Mar 22, 2013 1:52 AM

    Has Elvis ever performed in sf?? Lol just kidding,we can’t afford him,but I hear Seattle wants everyone!!

  45. seadawgs72 says: Mar 22, 2013 2:13 AM

    Come to Seattle & play under beautiful blue skies. Figuratively speaking. Go Zags!!!

  46. boogerhut says: Mar 22, 2013 2:35 AM

    Who gives a crap…you trying to set a new record for most posts about one player? Or the most references of the words ‘fax machine’?
    Always some putz that can’t understand what offseason means. Stop wasting your time reading and posting about things you don’t care about. Wait until summer when you can be THAT guy that constantly says “Whew boy it’s hot out there”.

  47. jayhit says: Mar 22, 2013 4:49 AM

    I could see James Harrison back with the Steelers on the cheap…. I would like to see that he still has another year or 2 in him.

  48. tomthebombtracy says: Mar 22, 2013 6:12 AM

    Steelers have no $.

    You wonder if they’re not just trying to drive the price up, especially for the other AFC teams? Wouldn’t be a bad idea.

    It’s been a remarkable year when you consider the stars so identified with their teams leaving them at the rate we see…Urlacher the latest.

    It’s set up by these contracts teams and players know will never be completed.

  49. markeyh says: Mar 22, 2013 6:48 AM

    Why into dolphins interested in Dumervil?

  50. rg3isvictory says: Mar 22, 2013 7:15 AM

    Denver should stop acting like a victim and resign Dumerville already. This a business, about winning football games and Dumer gives them the best opportunity to do that.

  51. jimyritz says: Mar 22, 2013 7:46 AM

    I thought the Patriots could use some help in rushing the passer but they are shopping at Walmart…as usual…

  52. isphet71 says: Mar 22, 2013 8:05 AM

    I still haven’t made it past how a last-minute effort imploded at the last minute.

  53. ampats says: Mar 22, 2013 8:10 AM

    Any white smoke seen from One Patriots Place ?

  54. jjthesportsguy says: Mar 22, 2013 8:17 AM

    If that truly is the case and Dumervil’s agent is to blame here, how has this not resulted in a lawsuit? I don’t think suing people is the way to go about things, but this is a major error and probably cost Dumervil 10-20 million dollars before he signs a new deal.

    Dumervil isn’t worth 8 mill a year even. He is too injury prone.

  55. lenbias34pt says: Mar 22, 2013 8:33 AM


    the ravens replace a fringe starter with a fringe Pro Bowler i’m pretty sure whomever they sign to play safety will have a career year.

    Great line play makes for great DB play.

    just the facts

  56. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 22, 2013 9:37 AM

    Denver better not let Baltimore have Elvis. If the Ravens have a healthy Suggs and Elvis for an entire year they will be in the AFC championship game for a 3rd year in a row.

  57. oldbyrd says: Mar 22, 2013 10:35 AM

    Dumerville is 5′-11″ I never knew that. Remarkable. NOW he’s old and small

  58. jprcox says: Mar 22, 2013 10:51 AM

    Denver is obviously offering less than $8m, how much we don’t know. Personally, if the numbers are close, who wouldn’t choose Denver. Great place, great fans, great team, great potential legacy.

    Sorry Baltimore, but its going to be hard to get good players to WANT to play there without $$$.

  59. tsizzlesucks says: Mar 22, 2013 11:28 AM

    Poor Elvis….the only teams that want him have 20mil quarterbacks. Elvis, my man,ain’t no 12 mil or even 8 mil available for you. With the Mannings or the Flaccos(new team names) you’ll start to see how much they value defense.

  60. jmblosser82 says: Mar 22, 2013 12:36 PM

    With the Swiss cheese defense and departure of Boldin its hard to believe the ravens are going to the playoffs, 3rd at best in the north. Suggs and Ngata are in decline and 6 big players are gone from defense. Steelers do have their issues, RB, safeties, Hampton, TE(unless Heath gets healthy), big trouble with WR if Sanders leaves. The O-line was player better then previous years, the LB core looks nice(Foote is getting old tho), Hood, Kiesle, Taylor, and Gay will be just fine. Bungles are doomed to repeat their past, but should still win the division and finally the browns have no help for Richardson tho Gordon looks promising. In closing the north standings will be cincy wining followed by the steelers, ravens and brown bringing up the rear(unless they have actual QB play, then they will move up 1 spot).

  61. corvusmaximus says: Mar 22, 2013 1:00 PM

    It’d be nice to have this guy with the Ravens but no way they’ll get in a bidding war. As Ozzie would tell ya, “right player at the right price.” Ravens would like to spend some of that cap to sign Pitta, Oher, Art Jones and Ed Dickson as opposed to, quoting Mr. Bisciotti, “someone else’s veterans.”

  62. castleanthrax says: Mar 22, 2013 1:30 PM

    Hmmm…not having the Pats in the mix tends to make me feel like something is abrewing with them and Abraham.

    Or they sign none of these three and stay with Chandler Jones and Ninko on the otherside.

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