Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil's days with the team could be nearing an end. In fact, according to Mike Klis of The Denver Post, he has requested to be released, and this move could come as soon as Tuesday, with the 29-year-old no closer to reaching an agreement with the club regarding his financial situation for the 2013 NFL season.
Dumervil is scheduled to be paid $12 million in 2013, but Denver has reportedly tried to cut that amount for the year ahead. The pass-rusher has subsequently rejected that notion—holding firm to his original contract—and has decided it might be better to move on.
His agent, Marty Magid, said via The Denver Post:
We're at an impasse. 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.
Dumervil is in line for his $12 million as soon as Saturday, March 16, where he would be entitled to the money by default of making the Broncos roster.
Should Denver release Dumervil?
Thus, if the club is going to release him, it seems it will need to do it before then so as to ensure it won't need to pay the funds. But as Magid indicates, Dumervil would prefer the Broncos to release him well before that date in order to keep his options open for the year ahead.
In other words, Dumervil wants to be released before the start of free agency so that he can get the best possible deal that he can for himself in 2013.
Dumervil is still under contract in Denver until the end of 2015.
Since 2006, Dumervil has had some solid success with the Broncos, totaling 170 tackles, 63.5 sacks 16 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries.
He led the NFL in sacks in 2009 with 17, but then missed the entire 2010 season due to a pectoral injury. He had 9.5 sacks in 2011 and 11 sacks and six forced fumbles last season, but was being paid quite handsomely for his services.
Apparently, Denver doesn't quite feel his remaining salary is worth it.
Pro Football Focus reports that Dumervil had the third-lowest efficiency rating out of any Broncos player last season. Having said that, the defensive end still finished second on the team in sacks, quarterback hits and hurries.
With the presence of Von Miller, a young, explosive pass-rusher to bookend Dumervil, Denver's defense was making strides, and it helped showcase the veteran's abilities.
Dumervil would therefore represent a very interesting option on the 2013 NFL free-agency market this year, with a number of teams likely to watch him closely. With offenses shifting more and more toward the passing game, teams are always looking for valuable pass-rushers.
Where do you think Elvis Dumervil will be playing football in 2013?
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