Elvis Dumervil Signs with 49ers After 4 Seasons with Ravens

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 5, 2017

Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil walks on the sideline in the second half an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Veteran linebacker Elvis Dumervil has agreed to a deal with the San Francisco 49ers, general manager John Lynch announced Monday.

Dumervil commented on the move to San Francisco:

Elvis Dumervil @EKD92

After much thought & prayer I have decided to join the @49ers! I look forward to getting to know the NFC West QBs! See you soon SF. https://t.co/t5kB1yNaPW

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Dumervil signed a two-year contract.

Dumervil spent the previous four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, making the Pro Bowl in 2014 and 2015 and the All-Pro first team in 2014 when he tied a career high with 17 sacks. Baltimore released him March 8.

In 2016, Dumervil set a career low with three sacks. He only appeared in eight games due to injuries, including a foot problem that lingered from Week 6 through 10.

The upside for Dumervil's new team is he did show signs of still being an electric pass-rusher after returning from those injuries, per Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus:

Nathan Jahnke @PFF_NateJahnke

Elvis Dumervil has had at least 4 pressures in all 3 games since his return from injury including tonight.

Last year was the first time Dumervil has missed more than one game in a season since 2011. It may have been a bit of bad luck at the wrong time for the 33-year-old, leading the Ravens to dump him when his value was at its lowest.

In a league that places incredible value on pass-rushers, Dumervil could end up being a steal this offseason. He may have to be limited more at this stage of his career, getting on the field in obvious passing situations, but no one will care as long as he still gets to the quarterback.

The 49ers have been rebuilding their pass rush through the draft. Their first pick in each of the last three drafts has been a defensive lineman: Arik Armstead in 2015, DeForest Buckner in 2016 and Solomon Thomas in 2017.

Dumervil is a terrific veteran presence to put alongside that trio. He gets the chance to continue his career with a franchise that still needs to add playmakers at virtually every position, while also helping his young teammates learn the ropes in the NFL.


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