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Dumervil gets $8.5 million in first year, counts $2.5 million against cap

Elvis Dumervil, Jamaal Charles AP

The market hasn’t been too strong for pass rushers, but Elvis Dumervil appears to have made out okay.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that he stands to earn up to $35 million over the course of the five-year deal he agreed to with the Ravens on Sunday. Dumervil will get $8.5 million of that money in the first year, which is $500,000 than he would have made if the paperwork on his pay cut had gotten into the league office on time. Sometimes using a fax machine does pay off. Schefter also reports that there’s a $3.5 million injury guarantee for 2014, which adds up to the same $12 million the Broncos would have originally had to pay him for this season.

The deal reportedly won’t be onerous in the first year for the Ravens. Peter King of SI.com reports that Dumervil will count $2.5 million against the cap in 2013 by virtue of having a $1 million salary and $1.5 million of his signing bonus applied right away.

That structure might lead to tough decisions later, but, for now, the Ravens have added a piece that should help keep their defense strong despite all the departures without making it impossible for them to land others that will do the same.

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9 Responses to “Dumervil gets $8.5 million in first year, counts $2.5 million against cap”
  1. britishraven says: Mar 24, 2013 5:44 PM

    QB’s should be very scared of this front 7 now.

  2. nflintheuk says: Mar 24, 2013 5:54 PM

    “That structure might lead to tough decisions later”

    So with Suggs, Ngata, Flacco, Yanda, Rice and Dumervil all with quickly ascending contracts – anyone see this going wrong pretty quickly?

    I know Newsome has done a very good job previously – but having about 60% of your cap tied up in 6 guys come 2014 is not going to be easy to handle!

  3. orivar says: Mar 24, 2013 6:22 PM

    Guess it isn’t that ‘out of whack’ after all, Elway.

  4. ravenator says: Mar 24, 2013 6:26 PM

    Ravens just dominated the free agency period. Hate on haters.

  5. EJ says: Mar 24, 2013 7:07 PM

    This still doesn’t make up for losing Ellerbe to Miami or Lewis to retirement. Yes, Dumervil is a force, but I think they should have brought in a bigger named Linebacker to help out Suggs with that aging D. Nick Barnett could probably be brought in at low cost, and he causes headaches for opposing QB’s on a regular basis. Barnett played very well while he was in Buffalo. I was shocked to see them let him go. Yes, he is toward the end of his career, but I believe he has much more left in the tank to give. He would fit in well in Baltimore.

  6. leksington says: Mar 24, 2013 7:38 PM

    “That structure might lead to tough decisions later”

    So with Suggs, Ngata, Flacco, Yanda, Rice and Dumervil all with quickly ascending contracts – anyone see this going wrong pretty quickly?

    I know Newsome has done a very good job previously – but having about 60% of your cap tied up in 6 guys come 2014 is not going to be easy to handle!
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    Keep in mind that that the Ravens have about $11 million in dead money coming off the books for 2014.

    Dead money for 2013(the bigger contracts):
    Ray Lewis: $2.95M
    Bernard Pollard: $2.75M
    Billy Cundiff: $1.8M
    Anquan Boldin: $1.531M
    Matt Birk: $1.4M

  7. Stiller43 says: Mar 24, 2013 8:58 PM

    Leksington,

    Keep in mind, flaccos deal averages 20 mil per, and dumervilles 8 mil per (both together = 28 per)

    And yet combined, their cap numbers are 9.3 mil this year. All that extra cap money will have to be counted against the cap at some point.

  8. scoobies05 says: Mar 24, 2013 9:57 PM

    and how much future cap money have the steelers mortgaged stillers43? i have a lot more faith in the ravens fron office.

  9. tiggerblood says: Mar 25, 2013 4:13 AM

    With all the new faces will they remain a cohesive defense? I mean won’t it take awhile to mesh? We’ll see, but I’d be a little tense if I were a Ravens fan. They should’ve got more for Boldin like at least a 4th rounder their draft will be very interesting to watch this year if they nail it they’ll be just where they let off.

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