With all of the NFL Free Agency signings that have taken place so far today, two have made the biggest impact for the Denver Broncos and they were not even their own signings. Ex-Baltimore Ravens players Danelle Ellerbe and Paul Kruger have agreed in principle to terms with the Miami Dolphins and the Cleveland Browns respectively.
Why are these huge signings for the Broncos? With Kruger agreeing to a five-year $40.5 million deal and Ellerbe going for about the same, that leaves Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil with a cold realization: he may not be worth $12 million in 2013.
Dumervil has now announced through his agent that he is willing to take a pay cut and remain with the Broncos. That is a great move by a great player. The past week, his agent has made it known that his client would like to restructure his deal, but with players of this caliber beginning the free agency period in this fashion, the defensive end’s stock just plummeted.
Nobody is going to give Dumervil the money he wants and staying with the Broncos is the best decision with a chance to win a Super Bowl.
In other Broncos news, the team is scheduled to meet with CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and also RB Rashard Mendenhall this week in hopes of boosting their chances at a run in 2013. I still feel as if RB Steven Jackson would be the better signing at running back, especially when Dumervil takes his cut and John Elway has more money to work with under the salary cap.
This is going to be a fun week for the Broncos and their fans as we sit back and watch free agency unfold. Hopefully there will be some more good signings to go with that of newly acquired G Louis Vasquez, which was announced earlier today.
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