In preparation for the start of the new league year and free agency on Tuesday afternoon, the Denver Broncos released linebacker D.J. Williams and quarterback Caleb Hanie on Monday, saving over $7 million in 2013 cap space.
Dumervil has rejected the Broncos' proposed cut from the $12 million salary he is scheduled to make in 2013.
(Marty) Magid (Dumervil's agent) submitted a counter proposal, but it was more about a restructure than pay reduction. Given the considerable difference in opinion on Dumervil's value, the pass-rushing defensive end is asking the team to release him before the free-agent market opens at 2 p.m. Tuesday, rather than wait until the Saturday deadline with his contract.
The Broncos reportedly do not want to pay Dumervil the $12 million base salary that he is owed, but Dumervil and his agent have rejected the proposed pay cut. If Dumervil hits the open market before Tuesday, he can secure a top deal before teams begin filling their defensive end needs in free agency.
Meanwhile, Dumervil's contract will not become guaranteed until Saturday, giving the Broncos four days to look for a possible replacement for Dumervil before making a decision on the seventh-year defensive end. If he is going to be released, Dumervil wants to hit the market now, before teams use up their cap space on other free agents between Tuesday afternoon and Saturday.
"If we can't reach common ground and you know as an organization that you're going to release him, then we'd like for them to release him by (2) p.m. tomorrow and not wait another four days. No hard feelings. We just disagree on their restructure option," Dumervil's agent told the Denver Post.
Since being drafted by the Broncos in the fourth round (126th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft, Dumervil has emerged as one of the league's top rushers, recording 63.5 sacks in six seasons (he missed all of 2010 with a shoulder injury) and leading the NFL with 17 sacks in 2009.
Last season, Dumervil recorded 11 sacks, a respectable total. But at the price of over $1 million per sack, the Broncos are willing to move on from the 29 year old defender and bring in a cheaper option.