An offseason of losses gave way to a big
Dumervil, a three-time
“I think this move is awesome,” Ravens outside linebacker
Dumervil was out to dinner celebrating with his family when he was reached by The Sun on Sunday night, but he said, "I'm happy, I'm good."
Dumervil’s five-year deal is for a maximum of $35 million, according to multiple reports. It includes $12 million in guaranteed money and $8.5 million for the 2013 season. However, all but $1 million of that will be paid out in a signing bonus, meaning Dumervil’s cap hit for the coming season will be $2.5 million. That leaves the reigning
But as it stands, Dumervil’s addition is a huge coup for the Ravens, who beat out the Broncos for arguably the top pass rusher remaining on the free-agent market. Dumervil will be paired with Suggs in the Ravens’ 3-4 defense, creating one of the most dangerous pass-rushing tandems in the
"He is a phenomenal pass rusher and I have not had a chance to play alongside another dominant pass rusher," Suggs said.
The agreement reverses the Ravens’ disappointing offseason trend of key roster losses, particularly on defense. Since winning
They had identified pass rusher as one of the offseason priorities, and Dumervil was the Ravens’ top choice all along. However, if he had chosen to return to Denver, the Ravens would have moved on to free agent linebacker
Now both sides have moved on and so has Denver, which has reportedly turned its attention to free-agent pass rushers
“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,”
Dumervil hit free agency only because of a highly scrutinized fax machine mishap between his former agent, Marty Magid, and the Broncos. Denver and Dumervil had agreed to a $4 million reduction on his $12 million salary for 2013, but the revised paperwork did not arrive via fax to the New York-based NFL offices in time to beat a 2 p.m. March 15 deadline.
That prompted the Broncos to terminate Dumervil’s contract. Ravens general manager
The Ravens and Broncos, the two teams who matched up in a thrilling
News of the agreement was well received by several Ravens. Offensive tackle
“It’s definitely unfortunate that we’ve lost guys in free agency, but you can say we’re bringing in other great players and I’m excited to work with them,” defensive lineman
Jones then added, "Don't worry, Ozzie Newsome always has a plan. In Ozzie we trust."
Playing part of last season without Suggs, the Ravens finished tied for 15th in the NFL with 37 sacks, while Dumervil’s Broncos tied for first with 52. A relentless pass rusher with a diverse repertoire of moves, Dumervil finished second on the Broncos to Pro Bowl linebacker
He led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2009 when he was coached by Ravens linebackers coach Don "Wink" Martindale, and then Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who used him often as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. That's how Dumervil will be used with the Ravens, who now have the flexibility to move around outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw.