It looks like the Ravens have beaten the Broncos again.
A couple of months after beating Denver in the AFC playoffs, they’ve reportedly beaten them out for defensive end Elvis Dumervil’s services. Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Dumervil has agreed to a contract with the Ravens after taking most of the weekend to settle on which offer he liked best.
Dumervil’s departure from Denver after it appeared he’d be taking a pay cut to stay created a quick response from Baltimore, who will likely plug Dumervil into the role vacated by Paul Kruger as a pass rusher across from Terrell Suggs. It’s a move that could pay off quite well given Dumervil’s ability to get after the quarterback over the course of his career.
The Broncos will have to move on to another option on the edge, with Klis reporting John Abraham as the likeliest target. Dwight Freeney would be next in line as the Broncos try to fill a hole that they never thought they’d have to fill a little more than a week ago.
UPDATE 4:51 p.m. ET: The Ravens have confirmed the agreement. He will take a physical Tuesday to make the five-year deal official.