There has been a lot of talk lately of the Denver Broncos asking DE Elvis Dumervil to take a pay cut, or to rework his current contract in order to help the Broncos free up some cap space for free agency and the 2013 NFL Draft.
The question is: will Dumervil be willing to do that in order to help the Broncos and stay with the team that drafted him eight seasons ago in the 2006 NFL Draft?
Dumervil is expected to make $12 million in 2013 and the Broncos are wanting to restructure the deal, which wouldn’t necessarily cut his pay total, but lower it for the 2013 season and allow some space for free agents and draft choices. This is very important for the Broncos, who are already an elite team and could be just a player or two away from contending for multiple Super Bowl titles.
Dumervil wants to be a Bronco and the team wants him to stay in Denver, but he will have to work with the organization and play at a reasonable salary in 2013. He can always be counted on for around 10 sacks and several forced fumbles, but Dumervil’s run support is not good enough to warrant the huge money that he is due this season.
The Broncos will have to get something worked out by March 16th because that is when Dumervil’s contract becomes guaranteed. There are several free agent defensive ends that will come a lot cheaper than Dumervil and will put up similar production and perhaps better run support.
It would be in both parties best interest for Dumervil to restructure and stay in Denver for a long time.