Elvis Dumervil's Best Move Is to Re-Sign with Super Bowl-Contending Broncos
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And according to ESPN.com, John Elway and the Broncos reportedly made him an offer:
After the fax faux pas and denied appeals, the Denver Broncos and free agent Elvis Dumervil may be close to a reconciliation.
"We've offered Elvis a contract," Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said Tuesday. "We'd like to have Elvis back."
There are, however, others teams in the mix.
The Ravens have delivered a contract offer to Dumervil, according to two NFL sources. However, the sources say the Broncos have offered slightly more money in the early portion of the deal.
By comparison of talent and potential, Denver possesses much greater odds of winning a Vince Lombardi Trophy in the coming seasons. Yes, the Baltimore Ravens just won a title.
But where are all their key players?
Anquan Boldin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers (via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun). Ray Lewis retired, Ed Reed just signed with Houston Texans (per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports) and Paul Kruger joined the Cleveland Browns, as reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.com.
Plus, the presence of Terrell Suggs and Courtney Upshaw will limit Dumervil's snap count as a 3-4 rushing outside linebacker. Without question, Dumervil provides Baltimore with depth, but the Ravens are not the same team that just won the Super Bowl.
As for the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans, each has excellent potential to become AFC playoff contenders in 2012. The concern for each, though, lies with a vulnerable pass defense in a league driven by explosive offenses.
Miami ranked No. 27 in pass defense and managed only 10 picks in 2012 despite recording 42 sacks. Plus, the Dolphins saw cornerback Sean Smith leave for the Kansas City Chiefs, also according to La Canfora.
So, Miami needs to replenish and improve in the secondary, whereas Denver kept improving when Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie came aboard (also from Schefter). Tennessee is in a similar situation as Miami defensively because the Titans allowed a 66.3 completion percentage and 31 passing touchdowns.
Which team needs Dumervil the most?
With the Texans and Indianapolis Colts dueling for the AFC South title, Tennessee will be fighting to reach .500.
At least in Denver the presence of Von Miller allows Dumervil to face more single-block situations. Also, 2012 was another Pro Bowl campaign for him—11 sacks, six forced fumbles, 54 tackles—and Dumervil helped the Broncos field the NFL's best pass rush.
In addition, the Broncos allowed a mere 3.6 yards per rush.
This team is only going to be tougher in 2013, too, because the offense has enhanced and impressive potential remains on defense. But should Dumervil end up elsewhere, he won't be provided with the surrounding talent that currently resides in the Mile High City.
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