(In case you, too, are still living in the 20th century, a faulty fax machine led to Dumervil's release in Denver.)
If the price is right, he would be a nice addition for the Ravens.
Dumervil is still a productive pass rusher who has the flexibility to fit into both 4-3 and 3-4 defensive schemes, something that could increase his numbers of suitors. While he was outshined by teammate
The Ravens know first-hand what Dumervil can do, having played him twice in 2012. In the regular-season meeting, Dumervil sacked quarterback
Compact and competitive, Dumervil was devalued because of his size coming out of Louisville in 2006. The Broncos drafted him in the fourth round, and he made an immediate impact with 8.5 sacks then 12.5 in his first two seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro after recording 17 sacks in 2009, but he missed the following season with a torn pectoral muscle. Upon his return, he continued to be a productive pass rusher.
If the Ravens were to sign him -- and they might have to get creative to open up the salary cap space to do so -- he theoretically would replace the production that
It would be interesting, though, to see how the Ravens divvied up the snaps between Dumervil,
Suggs should be back at full strength in 2013, especially if he is motivated to silence those who criticized him while he played with one good arm and one good leg last season. Meanwhile, Upshaw quietly had a solid rookie season, especially against the run, an area in which Dumervil has historically struggled (as evidenced by the poor run defense grades he received from Pro Football Focus).
Figuring which outside linebacker plays when would be a nice problem for coach
We know the Ravens always look for the right player at the right price. Dumervil seemingly fits the first half of that equation for the Ravens. (He also does for the