The Peyton Manning/Dwight Freeney reunion could be happening, after all.
With defensive end Elvis Dumervil now a linebacker in Baltimore’s 3-4 defense, the Broncos need to find a replacement. But first, they officially said farewell to the man they drafted in round four less than four months after he was stomped on the leg by Mike Vick’s kid brother.
“As we have from the start of this process, we worked diligently over the last week to find a way for Elvis Dumervil to remain a Denver Bronco,” Broncos executive V.P. of football operations John Elway said in a statement issued by the team. “Although we made multiple contract offers to Elvis after being forced to release him, we were unable to reach an agreement and are now moving forward without him.
“Elvis was a team captain and a talented player who made a great impact during his seven seasons in Denver. I appreciate all of his effort on the field and the work he did in the community.
“I wish Elvis all the best as he continues his NFL career.”
He likely won’t wish Elvis the best when he returns to Denver in 2013 as a member of the Ravens. But Elway will counter the loss of Dumervil with either John Abraham or Freeney.
Per Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos will now look at both players, with Freeney being the first preference.