Dumervil tweeted his thanks to the Broncos and owner Pat Bowlen team shortly after rejecting latest contract proposal club.
” It is not enough to say about the Broncos fans, my great teammates, equipment staff, training staff, media staff, Mr. Bowlen, Coach Fox, John Elway and the city of Denver. Its an unforgettable seven years. I’m looking fwd to the next chapter of my career,” Dumervil wrote.
So, after a second stinging loss to Ravens this offseason, the Broncos find themselves in need of a pass rushing new partners for Von Miller.
Elway, the Broncos chief of football operations, has provided a statement Sunday saying the Broncos “enthusiastic worked last week” to re-sign Dumervil, defensive captain, but now” moving forward without him. ” ‘
Free agent John Abraham, 34, and Dwight Freeney, 33, visited the Broncos last week and is expected one of them to sign as soon as possible to replace Dumervil, 29.
Dumervil collected 63 1/2 sacks in seven season in Denver, which ended with three Pro Bowl berths. He was scheduled to fly from his offseason home in Miami to Baltimore take his physical Tuesday and sign his new contract.
On March 15, Dumervil waffled but finally agreed to reduce his 2013 salary to $ 12,000,000 from $ 8 million to Denver as part of a renegotiated three-year, $ 30 million contract. But paperwork did not reach the office of the NFL at the time and the Broncos were forced to release him to avoid having to pay him the full $ 12 million for next season.
The agent Marty Magid Dumervil fired after deadline debacle and agent Tom Condon bicycle.
The Broncos issued a new contract proposal Dumervil and his new agent, but the Ravens swooped and beat Denver for the second time this year – they are also upset top-seeded Broncos AFC 38-35 in double overtime in January on their way to winning the Super Bowl.
The Ravens suffered several blows to start the beat in San Francisco for the Lombardi Trophy, losing wide receiver Anquan Boldin, safeties Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, cornerback Cary Williams, linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger and guard Bobbie Williams while bidding bid linebacker Ray Lewis also star center Matt Birk and good luck in their retirements.
Luring Dumervil – and taking him from their rivals in the AFC – eases some of that sting.
The Broncos, on the other hand, became one of the league’s big spenders in free agency, taking wide receiver Wes Welker, right guard Louis Vasquez, defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and linebacker Stewart Bradley – all of whom could be the start for a team that went 13-3 in the first year of Peyton Manning in Denver last season.
The debacle with Dumervil put enormous stigma stellar offseason makeover Broncos’ otherwise. The Dumervil agreed to a $ 4 million pay cut two weeks ago but when paperwork is not submitted on time, the Broncos have to cut people Dumervil or his $ 12 million salary for next season is absolute certainty.
By cutting him, they took nearly $ 5 million salary cap hit for next season, joined the latest offer from Denver to Dumervil ultimately rejected in favor of Baltimore.
” As we have since the beginning of this process, we worked on last week keen to find a way to stay Elvis Dumervil of Denver Bronco,” Elway said in a statement Sunday. ” Although we made numerous contract offers to Elvis after being forced to release him, we were unable to reach an agreement and are now moving forward without him.
” Elvis was a team captain and a great player to make a big impact during his seven season in Denver. I appreciate all of his efforts on the field and the work he did in the community,” Elway added. ” I wanted Elvis all the best as he continues his career in the NFL.”
Although Dumervil is often replaced down early last season, the Broncos are not eager to jettison him. But they thought his $ 12 million salary for next season is of whack, so they asked him a cut in pay. Dumervil earned $ 14 million in each of the last two seasons, part of a six-year, $ 61.5 million deal he signed in 2010 shortly before missing an entire season with a torn chest muscle.
The Dumervil is a popular teammate who is sorely missed in Denver, both on and off the field.
“Regarding myself at all and a great locker room because you’re dealing with players,” coach John Fox said NFL owners meeting last week.” But I think our guys understand there are two sides of the football …. I do not know if the business is my favorite part or any people’s favorite part. Yet a part of football and it usually occurs in the offseason. Accordingly, they understand that and I think that guys separate .”
Dumervil, a fourth-round draft pick’s of Louisville in 2006, has 20 1/2 sacks the last two seasons, making two trips to the Pro Bowl by Miller, the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2011 who had 18 1/2 sacks last year, breaking the franchise record of 17 set in 2009 Dumervil.
Together they are called” doom and gloom,” and the most prolific pair of pass-rushers in the league the past two years.
Freeney, who played a decade with Manning in Indianapolis, with 107 1/2 sacks in 11 career season, all with the Colts. He has 13 1/2 sacks in the past two seasons.
Abraham had 122 sacks in 13 NFL season, six in New York Jets and the past seven years the Atlanta Falcons. He collected 19 1/2 sacks in the past two years.