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Dumervil’s base deal is five years, $26 million

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When it comes to the initial reports regarding the value of linebacker (once again) Elvis Dumervil’s five-year deal in Baltimore, the key words are “up to.”

Adam Schefter of ESPN has reported that the contract is worth “up to” $35 million.  And while we have no reason to dispute that, the contract has a base value of $26 million, per a source with knowledge of the deal.

Dumervil will, as others have reported, earn $8.5 million in 2013, with a cap number of only $2.5 million.  This means that, at some point, the Ravens will carry an extra $6 million on future salary cap(s) under Dumervil’s name.

And so the base deal ends up being 64 percent of the five-year, $40.5 million contract linebacker Paul Kruger signed in Cleveland.  Even if Dumervil hits every incentive and earns an extra $9 million, the Ravens still got Dumervil at $5.5 million cheaper than Kruger would have cost.


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53 Responses to “Dumervil’s base deal is five years, $26 million”
  1. buzzbeaubank says: Mar 24, 2013 5:37 PM

    Don’t worry, Cleveland. If Kruger doesn’t pan out you can back up the Brinks truck for another one of our second stringers next year.

  2. randallflagg52 says: Mar 24, 2013 5:38 PM

    Great move by the Ravens. Dumervil is only 2 years older than Kruger, is a better pass rusher, and can actually play the run.

    Hope Kruger works out in Cleveland because I like the guy, but to give a half season wonder that much money was a rash signing.

  3. clashers says: Mar 24, 2013 5:39 PM

    So the Ravens got Elvis Dumervil, Chris Canty, and Marcus Spears for less than the Browns paid for Kruger. Makes sense.

  4. chiwizlive says: Mar 24, 2013 5:39 PM

    He’s gonna have a hard time getting around clady…

  5. rg3isthekidinthegoodburgermovie says: Mar 24, 2013 5:40 PM

    Yeah, but Kruger is 2 years younger!! Just like 2 of the Browns 3 pro bowlers last season, he’s too old. (Banner logic)

  6. britishraven says: Mar 24, 2013 5:43 PM

    Kruger will be cut within 2years. It was lunacy for Cleveland to sign him to such a crazy deal anyway and this makes it look even more stupid.

  7. themagicman1223 says: Mar 24, 2013 5:44 PM

    What a great deal, the Ravens got a better player for less money than Paul Kruger.

  8. edreedisgod says: Mar 24, 2013 5:46 PM

    Not bad for a team that is so cap restricted…..

  9. bronconation7 says: Mar 24, 2013 5:49 PM

    You’re going to need all the pass rush you can muster with Demaryius, Decker and Welker coming at you. You be close for a hail mary yhis time. It’s on!

  10. swaggyy says: Mar 24, 2013 5:50 PM

    Nice pick up for Baltimore. Paul Kruger is awful. Can’t believe he got 40M. But hey, that’s why the Browns are who they are: Awful

  11. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 24, 2013 5:52 PM

    While this is a huge signing for the Ravens, what separates Baltimore from the rest of the AFC North is coaching. Simply put, John Harbaugh is the best coach in the NFL.
    I wish the Steelers had him.

  12. bronconation7 says: Mar 24, 2013 5:56 PM

    Good pick up Baltimore! The nfl needs to investigate Ozzie messing with our fax machines. Damn u Ozzie!

  13. ravensfan19 says: Mar 24, 2013 5:57 PM

    The Browns are Welcome to Kruger. He is a liability against Run and didn’t do squat till the second half of last season. He was Only good When Suggs came back into the lineup and benefited from all the attention defences were paying to Suggs and Ngata. When ever Kruger saw a double he was Useless.

    Dumervil is huge Upgrade Over Kruger. Him with Suggs, Ngata, Canty, Spears and Upshaw is a Monster Pass Rush.

    Great Job Ozzie and the Front Office.

  14. goninjagoninjagogo says: Mar 24, 2013 5:59 PM

    He’ll be affordable for at least this year, then maybe next year they’ll push Flacco to restructure and finish the rebuilding process. The good news, as someone pointed out already, is they haven’t really overpaid for anyone else it seems.

  15. 6allsohard6more says: Mar 24, 2013 6:01 PM

    And y’all thought Oz was slacking that dude always have a plan.

  16. johnniemayes says: Mar 24, 2013 6:04 PM

    To the Ravens fans who think he can play the run, think again. I watched him in Denver since he was drafted and that was his biggest liability. In some cases he was pulled in rushing situations. He’s undersized and not a sure tackler.

    But he is a great pass rusher. I’m sure you Ravens fans remember him dismembering your weak oline in the playoffs when Von Miller got the double teams.

  17. ravennole says: Mar 24, 2013 6:06 PM


  18. fistoftheraven says: Mar 24, 2013 6:09 PM

    A sane contract for a great player. In Ozzie We Trust.

  19. gonavybeatarmy says: Mar 24, 2013 6:11 PM

    In 2014 the Ravens already have $71 million in salary earmarked for just 6 players- Suggs, Ngata, Flacco, Yanda, Webb and Rice. And since the team is slotting just $2.5 mil of Dumervil’s contract for cap purposes in 2013, that means this new contract will have major cap escalations in out years that will make it very difficult to field a very good team in 2014 and 2015.

  20. andylucksneck says: Mar 24, 2013 6:21 PM

    Way to resign your own ravens. Doesn’t Suggs play on that side?

  21. ravenator says: Mar 24, 2013 6:21 PM

    Wheres all that talk of Flacco’s contract now? Pass rush will be amazing. Hate on haters, you can only wish you had the best front office in the NFL. It’s so easy being a Raven fan!

  22. oldbrowndawg says: Mar 24, 2013 6:25 PM

    Ozzie should know better than to defer cap hits to future years. He’s falling into the Mike Wallace/Miami Dolphin trap. In two years, 20% of Baltimore’s cap will go to paying this one and Flacco. I thought Ozzie was smarter than that, but I guess when you lose NINE starters off your team, ya gotta do something to save a little face. This face saving will end up costing him big time.

  23. imeanwhatisay says: Mar 24, 2013 6:31 PM

    Elvis is in the building. Welcome to Baltimore where legends play and are made.thx oz

  24. orivar says: Mar 24, 2013 6:47 PM

    Paul Kruger is an alright player but don’t know why people are jumping on him like he was the one that created the contract, he only signed it. Look at the Browns for being the ones ridiculous enough to give him so much money.

  25. broncobeta says: Mar 24, 2013 6:48 PM

    Good luck with that child. He’s only one more blowout away from a suspension.

    Dude hasn’t been the same since the injury. He disappears when it matters the most.

  26. sportsnut101 says: Mar 24, 2013 7:03 PM

    Elvis signed via fax that’s why the delay in saying where he was ona play

  27. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Mar 24, 2013 7:09 PM

    Ravens fans love the word “hater”.
    It makes them sound incredibly unintelligent

  28. deathonwings410 says: Mar 24, 2013 7:27 PM

    Where are the dumb Ravens haters now? Ozzie locked up our SB MVP QB who hasn’t even hit his prime yet, rebuilt our DLine, upgraded our pass rush and will get at least one of Arthur Brown, Manti Te’o, Kevin Minter, Jon Bostic, Kevin Riddick, and possibly one of Matt Elam, Phillip Thomas, DJ Swearinger, Bacarri Rambo, Eric Reid, or Jonathan Cyprien. Incredible! Then there’s 10 more picks for Ozzie to move around in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, plus next year we’ll have at least another 10-12 picks, possibly with 3rd round comp picks owing to the starters we lost this year.

  29. tedmurph says: Mar 24, 2013 7:42 PM

    Can’t argue with OSmith, just gonna be a sea change on the D. Both safeties gone, questionable linebacking and CBs. Still lost a lot of good players. Guess they’ll morph into the 2007-8 Giants, try to stop the run and rush the passer on 3rd down. You ravens fans are still the worst in the history of sports.

  30. bigwillieslowmcginest says: Mar 24, 2013 7:50 PM

    Typical Browns luck. Sign a good player from a division rival only to see them sign an upgrade for less money a few weeks later. Can we ever get a break?

  31. tedmurph says: Mar 24, 2013 7:55 PM

    Suggs is a big cap hit next yr. Do they cut him?

  32. jdouble777 says: Mar 24, 2013 8:01 PM

    Problem is Flacco is not a Top 10 QB and thus will be exposed without the defense that was. Many teams have elite pass rush and solid overall talent. The 49ers were/are littered with such talent. Having Ray guide them, direct them, put forth the emotion and knowledge necessary to limit damage was something you cannot replace. The Ravens will not see another AFC Championship in Flacco’s tenure. Their record without Ray proves that. Think I am wrong? When will you draft Joe in fantasy? How about Peyton, Tom, Aaron, Drew, Matt, Tony, Ben, Robert, or Colin? Replacing Boldin will not happen given what remains on the market and the draft pick currently slotted for BAL. His clutch grabs are key to the last minute heroics which somehow stifled DEN. Look, Dumervil is a great edition but to think that this is game changing is just silly. He is injury prone and also much more of a one trick pony that these comments are stating. Kruger was WAY overpaid, but slapping a band-aid on a large wound…. The Bengals gave up less points last year…WITH Reed…

  33. chief0727 says: Mar 24, 2013 8:06 PM

    Raven fans are the most naive NFL football fans. You people actually thing your going to be better after losing 7-8 starters? You turn a story on signing a free agent into a continued bashing of Krueger leaving you. I think your overcompensating a little here. I know Krueger wasn’t good until Suggs returned..or maybe…his back injury from September had a little something to do with it. In the NFL injured players generally improve as they physically heal. Dumervil averaged 2 tackles a game and had the same amount of sacks as Krueger last year–yet you people think you upgraded? Krueger played sparingly his 1st 2 years and then improved each of his last 2 years…Dumervils stats declined from 2011 to 2012 despite playing 2 more games. So continue thinking this 1 signing will save the franchise. I hope he can catch all of Flacco’s dying ducks he threw up for grabs that Boldin caught. 7-9 maybe 8-8

  34. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 24, 2013 8:18 PM

    While this is a huge signing for the Ravens, what separates Baltimore from the rest of the AFC North is coaching. Simply put, John Harbaugh is the best coach in the NFL.
    I wish the Steelers had him.

    You let the secret out finally Zilla you are related to Ravenator…sad

  35. ghjjf says: Mar 24, 2013 8:24 PM

    The Ravens won’t even make the playoffs without Ray Lweis to fire up the team before each game.

  36. thrstr says: Mar 24, 2013 8:35 PM

    so the “genius Oz” signed some huge number contracts that are “cap friendly” in 2013, do any of the baltimoreons understand what that means?

  37. orlandodawg says: Mar 24, 2013 8:35 PM

    Well as I stated before on this site when the Elvis to Baltimore talks started, Cleveland now needs to beef up their O-Line. I have no problem now with Cleveland taking Chance Warmack with the 6th pick. We needed to upgrade that position anyway cause Jason Pinkston, Greco, and Shawn Lauvao aren’t going to cut it.

  38. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 24, 2013 8:36 PM

    Where are the dumb Ravens haters now? Ozzie locked up our SB MVP QB who hasn’t even hit his prime yet, rebuilt our DLine, upgraded our pass rush and will get at least one of Arthur Brown, Manti Te’o, Kevin Minter, Jon Bostic, Kevin Riddick, and possibly one of Matt Elam, Phillip Thomas, DJ Swearinger, Bacarri Rambo, Eric Reid, or Jonathan Cyprien. Incredible! Then there’s 10 more picks for Ozzie to move around in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, plus next year we’ll have at least another 10-12 picks, possibly with 3rd round comp picks owing to the starters we lost this year.

    There is no such thing as a dumb raven hater…reality is foreign to raven fans in march…it sets in when they face Charlie batch.

  39. ravenmuscle says: Mar 24, 2013 8:48 PM

    Raven fans are the greatest fans in all of sports…not one of the other 31 NFL fan bases can hold the Raven’s fans jock straps.

  40. scoobies05 says: Mar 24, 2013 9:24 PM

    did someone really say that joe isnt a great fantasy qb so the ravens wont be good…or something like that. wow. and the go army guy…i thought the ravens couldnt sign anyone this its they are screwed next year. folks…they know what they are doing. go ravens

  41. goodellmustgo says: Mar 24, 2013 9:25 PM

    The rich (see Ravens) get richer….and the idiots get dumber (see Browns; see also Broncos).

  42. deathonwings410 says: Mar 24, 2013 9:44 PM

    Jdouble…who cares about fantasy football? Fantasy football doesn’t win Lombardis. That’s why the game is played to win championships. flacco put the Ravens 17th ranked defense on his back in the playoffs not the other way around. And lmao Colin…the guy who lost the Super Bowl? Matt Ryan the guy who chokes in the playoffs? Lol. Keep on hating. Btw if you actually watched the Denver game, Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones made the big plays in that game. Boldin had several catches for like 60-70 yards.

  43. scoobies05 says: Mar 24, 2013 9:56 PM

    yes nofool…charlie batch and the steelers beat the ravens in baltimore. i am sure you enjoyed that victory. it was the highlight of the season. the ravens highlight was winning the super bowl. and yes i know the steelers have 6. very impressive. maybe next year. bruce gradkowski will beat the ravens and the ravens will win another trophy. guess we will have to wait and see. go ravens

  44. redbengalnation says: Mar 24, 2013 10:10 PM

    how the hell do the ravens get dumervil? They have no money right? Yet they get a guy in his prime really im not all that high on dumervil i know hes very good but im not really too impressed by em hes had von miller and a couple other guys there to help solidify that broncos D. Yes i like dumervil i hate the fact well be seeing him twice a year ( bengals ) but im just not that in to em. I know he’s a very productive player at least for the most part last 2 seasons but well see what he does now the pressure is on him to live up to the contract so maybe that gets em a bit. And also hell be facing pro bowl solid offensive tackles in the AFCN 8 weeks per so well see exactly what he is this year..

  45. redbengalnation says: Mar 24, 2013 10:11 PM

    And i sadly agree ravens fans, you do have the best G.M. in football. now THAT guy is impressive.

  46. sandy102270 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:18 AM

    I thought Flacco’s contract was supposed to keep the Ravens from being competitive?

    There’s a reason why the Ravens are consistently making playoff runs. Unfortunately for the rest of the NFL, Ozzie Newsome doesn’t redo contracts and push cap hits off into future years, overspend for players–even if he drafted them–at positions where options exist in the draft or free agency, and drafts better than virtually every other GM in football.

    Take all the jabs you want, but you know you wish you could say the same things about your favorite team.

  47. trevor123698 says: Mar 25, 2013 1:07 AM

    I don’t care what anyone says I take Kruger. Dumervil has an injury history that is very long. Kruger was spectacular last year no matter what you say

  48. chiwizlive says: Mar 25, 2013 1:12 AM

    Uhh he still has to past his physical,let’s not get to into this stranger things has happened…

  49. djjackson81 says: Mar 25, 2013 1:48 AM

    An to think Arizona wouldn’t have jumped in on 6 mill a year for 5 years crazy

  50. mlbbal52 says: Mar 25, 2013 3:50 AM

    Hahahaha Steeler fans still bringing up Charlie Batch who cares who won the superbowl…you are pathetic! Ravensnation is strong, Baltimore has had great football fans forever!!! Best GM in football and we still got spending money and 12 draft picks…

  51. 6thsense79 says: Mar 25, 2013 6:00 AM

    This is proof that Flacco’s contract had nothing to do with Boldin leaving. The Ravens for whatever reason just didn’t think he was worth this year’s salary. I told the arm chair gms on here to chill and just let one of the better GMs in the game handle his business.

  52. azwildcats96 says: Mar 25, 2013 7:06 AM

    Not re-signing Dumervil will prove to be a good move in the long run. His production was in decline, possibly because of a position change from a 3-4 linebacker. The majority of his sacks came late in games when we already had a sizable lead and our D was allowed to just tee off on the opposing line. Rarely did he get a sack last season during a key moment of the game despite teams double-teaming Von Miller. I wish him the best in B-more but he was no where near worth $12 million and imo not even worth $8 million.

  53. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 25, 2013 1:20 PM

    Just as long as I’m not somehow related to YOU. You are an embarrassment to an entire fanbase. Congratulations.
    Your parents called.
    They STILL want their basement back.

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