Elvis Dumervil has asked for his release from the Denver Broncos.
According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Dumervil and his agent have asked for his release if there is not a deal in place before 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday:
The news is not surprising at all. Denver has been looking for Dumervil to take a pay cut most of the offseason. He has a base salary of $12 million that the Broncos are not interested in paying him with other areas of the team needing upgrades (per Spotrac).
According to the Denver Post, Dumervil has been open to a restructure that would reduce his cap number this year and spread the money out over the course of the rest of his current deal. Both he and his agent are not willing to simply take a pay cut.
Things came to a head today, just one day before free agency is set to begin. Dumervil's 2013 $12 million salary becomes fully guaranteed Saturday, so his agent wants him released two hours before free agency opens in order to being negotiations with other franchises, as his agent told the Denver Post:
"We're at an impasse," Magid said Tuesday afternoon. "There's no animosity, whatsoever. Elvis understands this is a business. He loves the Broncos and he'd still like to come back and play for the Broncos under his current contract or restructure proposal that we sent them.
"But 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."
It is a smart move for Dumervil, who could become one of the premier pass-rushers on the open market and may be able to find a similar deal with another team in need of his skill set. Dumervil recorded 11 sacks last season alone, and now has 63.5 in six seasons.
Should the Denver Broncos grant Dumervil's request?
The request is further fueled by Denver's open flirtation with free-agent pass-rushers who are more affordable than Dumervil. Denver has been linked to Dwight Freeney as an alternative to paying Dumervil (per Denver Post).
Dumervil asking for his release was expected, and it's a smart move by his agent to demand it hours before free agency kicks off. At the very least, it gives Dumervil a chance to pursue the money he is seeking before all the teams in need choose someone else.
It appears Denver is going to let Dumervil walk after this revelation. The only thing left unanswered now is where he ends up playing in 2013.
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