Elvis Is A Raven/NFL Free Agency – Day #13

The final chapter appears to have been written on the Great Faxcapade in Denver as DE/OLB Elvis Dumervil agreed to contract terms with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Last week, the Broncos and Dumervil agreed to a new contract, one that was going to lower his salary cap number and give Denver more room to maneuver through the rest of free agency. The parties allowed the negotiations to proceed until the last moments before a deadline to guarantee Dumervil’s 2013 salary. Whether it was the fault of the team, agent or player, the Broncos did not receive a signed contract before the league personnel deadline and they were forced to release Dumervil. The Broncos blamed the agent, Dumervil blamed the agent and then fired him, and the agent blamed the team.

A week later, Dumervil agreed to contract terms with the Ravens. It’s a 5-year deal for what could be a maximum of $35 million if all the incentives are hit. It includes $12 million in guaranteed money and an $8.5 million salary in 2013, yet his charge to Baltimore under the salary cap will be just $2.5 million this year.

“I think this move is awesome,” said Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs to The Baltimore Sun. “He is a phenomenal pass rusher and I have not had a chance to play alongside another dominant pass rusher. It shows we’re still in the business of winning and we have the best (general manager) in the world.”

Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome got the deal done with Dumervil and finally added a player to a defense that lost five starters since the Super Bowl: MLB Ray Lewis (retired), LB Dannell Ellerbe (UFA-Miami), FS Ed Reed (UFA-Houston), SS Bernard Pollard (released-Tennessee) and CB Cary Williams (UFA-Philadelphia.)

Denver continued to try to sign Dumervil after releasing him, but there was a connection there that was broken and could not be repaired by the team.

“We worked diligently over the last week to find a way for Elvis Dumervil to remain a Denver Bronco,” said John Elway, Denver’s executive vice president of football operations in a press release from the Broncos. “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.”

In six seasons with the Broncos, Dumervil had 63.5 sacks and 16 forced fumbles, while making the Pro Bowl three times.

Free agents signed

  • Baltimore – signed OLB Elvis Dumervil (Denver).
  • Chicago – signed LB James Anderson (Carolina).

Free agents retained

  • New England – reached agreement on re-sign with OT Sebastian Vollmer.

Players released/retired

  • Chicago – DT Anthony Adams announced his retirement. He did not play in 2012.

13 Responses to “Elvis Is A Raven/NFL Free Agency – Day #13”

  • March 24, 2013  - traumaman says:

    Missing a rare opportunity to deprive a division rival of their star defensive player and significantly improve a defense whose pass rush intimidates no other team in the league with a single transaction is the equivalent of football malpractice by our new GM. Especially at the price he could be had for.

    Perhaps instead of focusing on a statistically proven “non-impact” QB like Alex Dilfer and tying up cap dollars in Chase Couldn’t Make A Difference he could have made acquiring players that are actually game changing like Dumerville.

    Dorsey likes to say he takes the best player available. Can someone tell this new Einstein of a GM that timing and strategy are even more important than evaluating talent when building a franchise. By panicking and jumping the gun on the Chief’s newest addition of QB castoffs they overpaid for the two they acquired, accomplished getting no compensation for Cassel whose the statistical equivalent of Alex Dilfer, made it impossible to even consider equally credible stop gap QB alternatives like Hasselback and Fitzpatrick and by placing themselves in salary cap jail, screwed themselves out of the franchise changing Dumerville Derby.

    It’s clear that Dorsey, Reid and Jr. are more concerned about fielding an 8-8 team than ever building a group like the one in Denver. Unlike KC’s leadership trio, it kills me to point out that Elway has demonstrated far more stones in pulling the strings necessary to build the Cracken that now resides in Denver. I’m predicating the next stone-less move by this group will be utilizing the top pick in the draft on an OL. If so, the franchise deserves nothing better than 8-8 for the next decade and so does any fan that supports this visionless type of thinking.

  • March 24, 2013  - txchief says:

    Love your comment traumaman. That “best player available” crap is for idiots. One must address the needs of a team to truly improve the franchise. What would happen if the best player available to the Chiefs was a LT in the draft for the next 10 years?

    As for Dumervil leaving the donks, any day Denver is weakened is a good day for the Chiefs.

  • March 25, 2013  - COCHIEF says:

    Glad your not the GM, traumaman

  • March 25, 2013  - milkman says:

    tx said it… The Bronco’s got worse. THAT is a good thing in itself.

  • March 25, 2013  - Bryon Day says:

    A few things traumaman (?) might think about when putting on his GM hat: 1) Dumerville is a 4-3 DE and we play a 3-4. He wouldn’t be able to hold the point of attack in the run game. Not big enough. Duh. 2) I think we do have maybe a little bit of a pass rush already w/ two Pro Bowl caliber players at each OLB position w/ Hali and Houston. Teams routinely game plan around Hali who was rated by his peers as the #38 best player in the league going into last season. 3) Fitzpatrick is utterly inconsistent which is why the Bills cut him loose. He throws a lot of picks and frequent inaccurate passes that resemble those we saw last season. Hasselbeck has had a very good career but is what, 37 y.o.? ‘Nuff said. 4) Alex “Dilfer” was one of the best QBs in the league over the last two years based upon the two acknowledged QB rating systems used in the NFL. Two years ago, the Niners would have been in the Super Bowl under his leadership if not for their punt returner. Kaepernick is a freak, and there is no shame in getting beat out by that guy who has the potential to be the best QB in the league over time. Is Alex Smith a Brady or Manning? No. Is anyone else in the league? No. But Smith is a top 15 QB in this league, and in Reid’s West Coast system he might be a top 10. We’ll see if traumaman is correct. Perhaps he would prefer Scott Pioli running the operation. He held on to cap dollars while other teams signed quality players… for four years.

  • March 25, 2013  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Good points BD. Of course Dorsey and Reid are in over their heads and we have no past record of success to judge them on at this early stage. Oh that’s right, Dorsey’s former team is a perennial contender and won a super bowl and Reid has seven division titles and a super bowl appearance to his credit. How about letting them finish putting together their team and play a few games before beginning the next purge and save the team effort?

  • March 25, 2013  - txchief says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing what Reid and Dorsey are putting together. I don’t think that they should be completely isolated from criticism based upon their record elsewhere. Criticism is far different from damnation. I remember Pioli being credited with those NE Super Bowl victories around this time four years ago.

    This is the time of the year where there is a great deal of BS flying around, and I’m sure a good bit of it is originating from Chiefs HQ. Surely Reid and Dorsey know that the “best available player” answer to who they are drafting is something to pacify the fans and the media. It also throws their competition off the scent of whom they are truly interested. I just pray that the opportunity of the 1-1 pick does something to substantially elevate the team.

  • March 25, 2013  - ChuckXX says:

    Bronco fans must be north of livid over this fiasco.

  • March 25, 2013  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I agree tx, nobody gets a free pass. However, declaring them incompetent and not interested in winning because of moves they don’t make with players that don’t even fit the scheme we are running is a bit over the top. If we get a great player that gives us years of all pro play with the first draft pick I’ll be satisfied despite my wishes for the pick. I’m just saying wait until we see what they do before we’re ready to escort them out of town.

  • March 25, 2013  - brainsmasher66 says:

    Clark Hunt was a fool for agreeing to let Carl and Herm cut the dead wood from the team and go young and then listening to the even more foolish fans by firing Carl and Herm before their plan had a chance to succeed.

    Those young guys who have turned into Pro Bowl players are now 4 years older with 4 years of wear and tear on their bodies. In order to take advantage of those players the Chiefs have to be in win now mode.

    It is their bad luck that they happen to have the first pick in the draft when there is no consensus impact player; but it is their good luck that a quarterback like Alex Smith was available.

    Alex Smith and Matt Cassel appear to have similar career numbers except that Smith is trending upward and Cassel downward.

  • March 25, 2013  - David says:

    You got it, milkman and tx. Looks like the Broncos have relocated their franchise to Dummyville, population=1.

  • March 25, 2013  - txchief says:

    johnfromfairfax: you and I are on the same wavelength, but I have never declared Reid and Dorsey incompetent. I have only criticized them for heading down the same road that has doomed KC for the past 40 years.

    From what they have done,I don’t know that anyone can really predict what type of offensive or defensive system they truly plan to run this fall.

    “All pro play” from the 1-1 draft selection is the absolute bottom floor for what a top draft selection should achieve. Hell, Matt Cassel was in the (puke) Pro Bowl after his “heroic” 2010 season where he was the beneficiary of a clever Charlie Weis system that hid his weaknesses. As you might recall, the Nevermores blew KC out of the stadium in the playoffs that year.

    I have tempered my expectations for Alex Smith. He’s an improvement, but KC has nowhere to go but up in terms of QB play. Those who have branded Alex Smith as a savior are misguided. I wish him well, but the Chiefs must find a way to draft a develop a franchise QB if they plan to win Super Bowls (R). I will be ecstatic if Alex proves me wrong.

    Reid never did that in Philly, and Dorsey was a cog in the machine in Green Bay. Favre was there before Dorsey entered the executive scene in GB, and one can only speculate on his true role in drafting Aaron Rodgers in 2005.

    I cannot express how much I want to see the Chiefs win, but I’m no longer allowing myself to be disappointed as easily as I have done for the past 40+ years.

  • March 26, 2013  - cychief24 says:

    B.Day’s post is as good as trautman’s was sad.

    Spend $8.5 mil on a back up for Tamba and Houston? That would be GM malpractice.

    I like brainmasher’s observation that Smith is trending while Cassel was trending down.

    tx- still happy being miserable I see.

    Hopefully 2 teams sign Freeney and Abraham before the donkees one of them for get a stop gap.

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