Pro Bowl defensive end Elvis Dumervil agreed to a five-year contract with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens after totaling 63 1/2 sacks in the six seasons he played with the Denver Broncos.
Dumervil, 29, became a free agent this month when the Broncos terminated his contract after the two sides were unable to finalize paperwork on a restructured deal before the National Football League’s deadline.
“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,” Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said in a statement.
The Ravens said Dumervil’s contract would be complete if he passes a physical exam tomorrow.
Dumervil was a fourth-round pick of the Broncos in the 2006 NFL draft and had 8 1/2 sacks as a rookie. He had a league-leading 17 sacks while playing linebacker in 2009 before missing the following season with a torn pectoral muscle. The 6-foot, 255-pound Dumervil had 20 1/2 sacks in 30 games the past two seasons, when he had a $14 million annual salary.
The Broncos asked Dumervil to take a pay cut this offseason and after two weeks of negotiations his agent agreed to an $8 million salary for 2013, the Denver Post said. While the two sides agreed to a reworked deal, the paperwork didn’t reach the Broncos or the NFL office until after the league’s deadline on March 15, the paper said. The Broncos terminated Dumervil’s previous contract to avoid paying him a guaranteed $12 million and sought to negotiate a new deal.
“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,” Elway said yesterday.
The Broncos may now look to replace Dumervil with former Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney, who’s a free agent and ex-teammate of Denver quarterback Peyton Manning.
Dumervil joins a Ravens team that’s lost at least eight key players since winning the Super Bowl last month, with linebacker Ray Lewis retiring, and defensive end Paul Kruger and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe leaving as free agents. Baltimore also released strong safety Bernard Pollard, its leading tackler from last season, while nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed signed with the Houston Texans as a free agent.