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John Harbaugh says Ravens knew right away they wanted Dumervil

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The fax machine in Elvis Dumervil’s former agent’s office moves slowly, but the Baltimore Ravens make decisions quickly.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said today that the Ravens decided they wanted to go after Dumervil instantly when he became a free agent as the result of a snafu with his agent failing to fax a revised contract to the Broncos on time. Harbaugh said he and Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome have both thought highly of Dumervil for years and both knew as soon as Dumervil was available that he was a player who could help the Ravens.

“I don’t think there was any question,” Harbaugh said. “When that happened, I don’t think we had to communicate, we just kind of looked at each other and said, ‘Let’s try to make this happen.'”

At his introductory press conference in Baltimore, Dumervil spoke highly of the Broncos and said he has no hard feelings toward his former team. He also spoke briefly about the fax snafu, calling it “unfortunate.”

But Dumervil also said he feels fortunate to play in Baltimore’s defense, which he thinks is well suited to his skills as a pass rusher. Harbaugh obviously thinks Dumervil is a good fit, too.

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49 Responses to “John Harbaugh says Ravens knew right away they wanted Dumervil”
  1. therealpittbull says: Mar 26, 2013 2:23 PM

    Of course he did. Kruger was let go, due to the Ravens not wanting to overpay a non-proven player. Bringing in Dumervil gives immmediate experience, accountaiblity, and know how, therefore allowing the Ravens to take a slight hit in losing eight starters from a Super Bowl team. Good move by the Ravens.

  2. ingraven says: Mar 26, 2013 2:23 PM

    We ALL wanted him in Baltimore. Glad it got done.

  3. ravenator says: Mar 26, 2013 2:24 PM

    Best front office in the league!

  4. ducksouped says: Mar 26, 2013 2:24 PM

    Beat the Broncos again. HA

  5. ravenator says: Mar 26, 2013 2:25 PM

    Thank you John Elway. Your slimeball negotiating tactics worked wonders…for the ravens. Haters will say they won’t miss him, but if he was signed, they’re proclaiming superbowl. Don’t pay any attention to the QB that turtles up though every postseason. Cheers!

  6. mjbulls45 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:25 PM

    karma wont let them repeat, 1 and done fluke type a thing

    they KNEW right away they were gonna let reed go, quan was rollin out, etc…

    and they paid joe flacco all this loot.

    he will never win one again.

    i speak for all NFL fans when I say… we would have rather seen any other team then HARBAW bros and those 2 teams this year

    it was a LOSE-LOSE for ev1 involved.

    thank goodness time rolls on and were onto the next one.

  7. ravenator says: Mar 26, 2013 2:26 PM

    Steeler fans meanwhile have nothing to look forward to except a team without their veterans and a new receiver in Plaxico. Haha, so pathetic.

  8. briscocountyjr says: Mar 26, 2013 2:28 PM

    Good player jumping on a sinking ship.

  9. fruitcovejag says: Mar 26, 2013 2:29 PM

    Bronco fans are blind to Elway’s methods but this was his way of letting Dumervil go and coming off looking like a victim of circumstance. Otherwise he would have gotten this deal done several weeks prior to the deadline. Great get off the Ravens! The rich get richer. (sigh)

  10. broncfanor says: Mar 26, 2013 2:33 PM

    The most over hyped DE in the league.

  11. maxinquaye7 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:33 PM

    “When that happened, I don’t think we had to communicate, we just kind of looked at each other and said, ‘Let’s try to make this happen.’”

    what is looking at each other and talking if it’s not communication?

  12. overratedsteelerhater says: Mar 26, 2013 2:35 PM

    BEFORE YOU START NO ‘SKINS’ BEST
    TEAM IN MARYLAND.another playoff year
    for ravens…

  13. lovefootball4life says: Mar 26, 2013 2:36 PM

    Dumervil at a fraction of Kruger’s price. Very exciting. Can’t wait to see what Suggs and Dumervil can do together. With last year’s season ending injuries returning for 2013 and 12 draft picks things actually look pretty good.

  14. raylewisandhisteeth says: Mar 26, 2013 2:37 PM

    Poor Ravens. Have fun in the cellar of not just the AFCN, but the entire AFC.

  15. patswhatsup says: Mar 26, 2013 2:38 PM

    ravenator says:
    Mar 26, 2013 2:25 PM
    Thank you John Elway. Your slimeball negotiating tactics worked wonders…for the ravens. Haters will say they won’t miss him, but if he was signed, they’re proclaiming superbowl. Don’t pay any attention to the QB that turtles up though every postseason. Cheers!

    __________________________

    Umm… How many years has Flacco been to the playoffs? How many times has he won the superbowl.

    The Broncos surely won’t miss Dumervil as much as the Ravens will miss Reed, Lewis, Ellerbe, Kruger etc…

  16. fl0ri0sm0m says: Mar 26, 2013 2:39 PM

    Meanwhile, Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin had already pulled off the off-season acquisition of the century in getting Matt Spaeth. Try keeping up, Ravens.

  17. sportsfrenzy says: Mar 26, 2013 2:40 PM

    Him and Suggs can go beat girls together , match made in heaven .
    Keep writing off the steelers , that quote unquote old team beat the Super Bowl champs on their home turf . Nothing comes easy in this league . Like your boy ray ray say buckle up your twin stwaps!

  18. listenup823 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:42 PM

    Ravenator… You’re still a Cleveland browns fan… You just don’t know it..

  19. lovefootball4life says: Mar 26, 2013 2:42 PM

    I can’t believe there is a Broncos fan on here calling him the most overrated DE in football. Not only does he not know Dumervil’s position at outside Linebacker he seems to forget he’s a 3x pro bowler, all-pro, and countless other awards. Too funny.

  20. lovefootball4life says: Mar 26, 2013 2:46 PM

    patswhatsup says: Mar 26, 2013 2:38 PM

    ravenator says:
    Mar 26, 2013 2:25 PM
    Thank you John Elway. Your slimeball negotiating tactics worked wonders…for the ravens. Haters will say they won’t miss him, but if he was signed, they’re proclaiming superbowl. Don’t pay any attention to the QB that turtles up though every postseason. Cheers!

    __________________________

    Umm… How many years has Flacco been to the playoffs? How many times has he won the superbowl.

    The Broncos surely won’t miss Dumervil as much as the Ravens will miss Reed, Lewis, Ellerbe, Kruger etc…

    __________________________

    Do you know football? To be precise 5 years he’s been to the playoffs. All five years of his career. One Super Bowl already.

    Reed maybe but you think the others are irreplaceable? Wow.

  21. nite2al says: Mar 26, 2013 3:00 PM

    The minute the FAX malfunctioned, I knew we had Dumervil…that’s how we do it.

    You get rid of players when they have value, not when they are over the hill, and you pickup quality vets and pay low. Only Flacco was cagey enough to beat the system…pay the man!!!

    We still own the AFC North. What part of that is so hard to understand?

    Steelers? Still on the way down…

    Cleveland? Really?

    Cincy? Maybe, ah no…we have the mental edge over that team and they know it.

    We have an elite QB, a dynamic RB and a revamped defense poised for domination in 2013.

    RAVEN UNIVERSE!!!

  22. 6allsohard6more says: Mar 26, 2013 3:05 PM

    Broncos just give him up with a gift wrap to the team that knocked them out the playoffs….thanks

  23. ravenmuscle says: Mar 26, 2013 3:14 PM

    Get used to it HATERS…you will be seeing Harbaugh and our reloaded and VASTLY IMPROVED defense for years to come.

    Ed Reed and Boldin will be DISTANT memories.

  24. dowhatifeellike says: Mar 26, 2013 3:17 PM

    For what Cleveland is paying Kruger, we got Dumervil, Canty, and Spears to go with Suggs and Ngata. Best D-line in the league?

  25. elwaysthebomb7 says: Mar 26, 2013 3:23 PM

    As a broncos fan dumervil is a good player but he will disappear for multiple games at a time. Be glad to have him but be ready to not her his name during certain games. He isn’t the same player he was 4 yrs ago when he had 17 sacks.

  26. gtisme says: Mar 26, 2013 3:24 PM

    patswhatsup says:
    Mar 26, 2013 2:38 PM

    Umm… How many years has Flacco been to the playoffs? How many times has he won the superbowl.

    The Broncos surely won’t miss Dumervil as much as the Ravens will miss Reed, Lewis, Ellerbe, Kruger etc…
    __________________________
    Flacco- Playoffs Every single year he’s been in the league – 9-4 including the Lee Evans drop! 1 SB in 5 years

    Peyton Manning 9-11 with eight of those losses being of the one-and-done variety 1 SB in 15 years

    Elway 13-11 – 2 SBs 15 years

    Hmmmm…I think I’m ok with Flacco’s record!

  27. steelerben says: Mar 26, 2013 3:25 PM

    lovefootball4life says:
    Mar 26, 2013 2:46 PM
    patswhatsup says: Mar 26, 2013 2:38 PM

    ravenator says:
    Mar 26, 2013 2:25 PM
    Thank you John Elway. Your slimeball negotiating tactics worked wonders…for the ravens. Haters will say they won’t miss him, but if he was signed, they’re proclaiming superbowl. Don’t pay any attention to the QB that turtles up though every postseason. Cheers!

    __________________________

    Umm… How many years has Flacco been to the playoffs? How many times has he won the superbowl.

    The Broncos surely won’t miss Dumervil as much as the Ravens will miss Reed, Lewis, Ellerbe, Kruger etc…

    __________________________

    Do you know football? To be precise 5 years he’s been to the playoffs. All five years of his career. One Super Bowl already.

    Reed maybe but you think the others are irreplaceable? Wow.

    ———————————————–

    I believe the point was that calling out Manning for turtling in the playoffs because he consistently made it into the post season and has only won a single ring puts him on a similar footing with Flacco in the “choking” category.

    And he did not call the players irreplaceable, he said they will be missed. Because you have to look at things beyond on field performance. Things like chemistry and leadership in the locker room matter, too.

    But, until the season starts it is all guesswork anyway. No one wins a Super Bowl in March.

  28. stillers213 says: Mar 26, 2013 3:27 PM

    Perfect fit with Suggs…

    Now you have Dumb & Dumervil!

  29. cranespy says: Mar 26, 2013 3:31 PM

    Excellent pick up…..Ozzie has another trophy, a long term QB locked up, the best rb two way threat in the game and now the best defensive front line in the league……hmmm….this rebuilding thing is coming along just fine. Looks like it will be Pats, Ravens orBroncos again in the AFC vs Niners or Hawks in the NFC.

  30. footballfan says: Mar 26, 2013 3:34 PM

    Too bad the ravens couldnt keep anyone from their championship team. Dumberville will be playing for a losing team next season.

  31. skinnytony says: Mar 26, 2013 3:41 PM

    lovefootball4life says:Mar 26, 2013 2:42 PM

    I can’t believe there is a Broncos fan on here calling him the most overrated DE in football. Not only does he not know Dumervil’s position at outside Linebacker he seems to forget he’s a 3x pro bowler, all-pro, and countless other awards. Too funny.

    ———————————

    Doom played DE in Denver’s 4-3, will play OLB in Baltimore’s 3-4. He’s a very good pass rusher but not great against the run. And he tended to disappear against the league’s better tackles.

  32. scoobies05 says: Mar 26, 2013 3:41 PM

    dont think you are speaking for everyone there mjbulls45. great pickup for the ravens. the steeler fans that are saying elvis is no good are the same ones cursing colbert for not getting it done. go ravens!!

  33. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Mar 26, 2013 3:49 PM

    All this talk about the Ravens consistently making the playoffs… whats it matter if they can barely win the big one?

  34. rxrider2000 says: Mar 26, 2013 3:50 PM

    mjbulls45 says:
    Mar 26, 2013 2:25 PM

    i speak for all NFL fans when I say

    ———————————-

    1st thing brah…. don’t EVER think you speak for me or any other NFL fan. You are so far off base you’re not even close. Do yourself a favor and never think that you speak for anyone but yourself because seem to be wrong.

  35. ccjcsr says: Mar 26, 2013 4:00 PM

    Thank you captain obvious!

  36. tsuscrumhalf says: Mar 26, 2013 4:05 PM

    Can see a situation where if Dumerville isn’t great vs. the run, Upshaw gets the reps on 1st down, and if it’s a passing situation, Doom comes in for 2nd & 3rd or just 3rd if 2nd down looks like a running situation. Suggs, Upshaw, Doom – each guy gets to sit for a few plays to stay fresh. Nice situation.

    On 3rd & long, Suggs, Doom, Haloti, Arthur Jones, Pernell McPhee & Canty all attacking the QB. May not need that great of a Safety combo b/c lots of QBs will be on their backsides……….

    The stories of the Ravens demise have been greatly exaggerated!

  37. swagger52 says: Mar 26, 2013 4:05 PM

    And when Paul Kruger was available the Browns didn’t need to communicate, they immediately thought lets overpay and get this done.

    Moral of the Story:
    In Cleveland, the Blind lead the Blind.

  38. ravenatorridestheshortbus says: Mar 26, 2013 4:19 PM

    I thought you were in washington today with Ayanbadejo…. I guess he left you at home.

  39. southpaw2k says: Mar 26, 2013 4:20 PM

    mjbulls45 says:
    Mar 26, 2013 2:25 PM
    karma wont let them repeat, 1 and done fluke type a thing

    —————————————————-

    Using that kind of spotless logic, every Super Bowl winner going back to 2003 was a fluke, since nobody has won back-to-back championships since the 2003/2004 Patriots. In fact, the Steelers had failed to make the playoffs at all the season following both times they had won the Super Bowl in the last decade. So what exactly is your point?

  40. mandtdefelice says: Mar 26, 2013 4:40 PM

    Now we all have to put up with this “See, I knew Ozzie had a plan” garbage.

  41. sbaltimore says: Mar 26, 2013 4:41 PM

    Wow. Some of you folks are REALLY smart.

    Joe Flacco: 1 Super Bowl victory in 5 years. 9-4 playoff record.

    Peyton Manning: 1 Super Bowl victory in 15 years, 9-11 playoff record (with 8 ‘one and dones’).

    Yeah. That Joe Flacco. What a bum, eh?

  42. dbfan4ever says: Mar 26, 2013 5:11 PM

    Funny, I read from Baltimore fans about how much Dumervil sucks before the divisional playoff game and now that he has signed with the Ravens he is the greatest thing since slice bread! Truth of the matter is Dumervil will miss the Broncos more this season then the Broncos will miss Dumervil!

  43. geemoney713 says: Mar 26, 2013 5:29 PM

    Wow, they’re so amazing! They knew right away they wanted a 29 year old that has been a probowler 3 of the last 4 years whose last team still wanted to pay him top dollar in the league. Any team would’ve wanted him.

  44. steel2372 says: Mar 26, 2013 6:24 PM

    He should have stayed in Denver or went to Pittsburgh If he wanted a chance to play for a championship. The Ravens lost way too much production. Even with this pickup. You lost two HOF players. You are kidding yourselves if you say otherwise.

  45. steel2372 says: Mar 26, 2013 6:27 PM

    sbaltimore

    The reason Flacco has that record is the solid defense your team has been playing year in and year out with Ray Ray and ED. Also a solid running game with Rice.

  46. salutethis says: Mar 26, 2013 6:50 PM

    DumeVil Is A Good Player And, Until The Shadyness Here Happened, Was Perceived To Have High Character. I Will Miss Doom And Hate To See Him In Balt. But After Showing His Real Motivation, I’m Gonna Be Happier With Whoever Is OverOn Our Dline. Cause Suggs And Doom Wont Equal Von Miller!

  47. haterade999 says: Mar 26, 2013 7:10 PM

    Ravens bashers are too funny! It’s good to be on top. When the hate pours in, you’re doinitrite.

  48. sbaltimore says: Mar 26, 2013 8:08 PM

    Really, steel2372? The Steelers were the NUMBER ONE D in 2012. NUMBER ONE. And do I REALLY need to remind you where y’all finished? Yeah. I do. 8-8. Out of the playoffs. Nada. Zilch. So just try to be humble, if that’s possible. I know it’s hard. And I know you don’t know what you’re talking about. Still, it’s fun to see just how much you don’t know what you’re talking about. The Ravens D has been in a steady decline for at least the past 3 years, culminating this year in a total meltdown, at least between the 20’s. And even last year, with a mediocre D, a really crappy WR group, and a tyrant for an OC, Joe got the team to within one mishandled pass by Lee Evans. So are you really that stupid? Or are you just pretending?

  49. maximusprime107 says: Mar 26, 2013 9:58 PM

    You could have stayed with the Broncos if you wanted to

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