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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ravens Land Dumervil

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Ravens Land Dumervil

After taking serious criticism league wide for the dismantling of the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Baltimore Ravens answered their critics on Sunday agreeing to terms with all-pro defensive end Elvis Dumervil. The contract is reportedly for 5 years and the money is believed to be similar to that of Paul Kruger who left the Ravens for the Cleveland Browns on a 5 year, $41million deal earlier int he off-season.

The addition of Dumervil is a huge one for the Ravens who have seen player after player walk out the door this spring. The defensive side of the football had been particularly hard hit with the loss of Ray Lewis (retirement), Ed Reed (Texans), Kruger (Browns) and Dannell Ellerbe (Dolphins).

Dumervil's situation has been a curious one as the Broncos believed they had an agreement in place on a contract extension/restructuring only to find out that Dumervil's agent failed to file the necessary paper work with the league in time to avoid a $12million hit for 2013. Instead, the Broncos were forced to cut him, at which time he was free to speak with other teams.

"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. 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," said Denver executive V.P. John Elway. "Elvis was a team captain and a talented player who made a great impact during his seven seasons in Denver. I appreciate all of his effort on the field and the work he did in the community. I wish Elvis all the best as he continues his NFL career.”

Whether this is the move that gets the Ravens back in the AFC conversation or not remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, it is a major step in the right direction.


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