Friday is D-day for the Denver Broncos and Elvis Dumervil; the situation will be resolved one way or the other by the close of business on Friday. If the two sides cannot come to an agreement, then the Broncos will release the defensive end and look to free agent options to replace him. He did not ask, but I am going to give Dumervil some advice because his agent is not doing him any favors.
Dumervil has to swallow his pride and take the pay cut for a variety of reasons, with the first being the marketplace for pass rushers. The players comparable to Dumervil like Paul Kruger and Connor Barwin have both signed free agent contacts in recent days for well below the $12 million that Dumervil is scheduled to make this season.
Even if he tests the free agent market, there is no way Dumervil is getting a contract anywhere close to $12 million a year. So if he’s going to take a pay cut either way, it makes more sense to take it with the Broncos. I understand that his feelings maybe hurt and taking less money somewhere else might be easier to swallow for Dumervil, but he has a real shot at winning a Super Bowl by staying with the Broncos. That has to count for something and that leads us to our second point on why Dumervil should stay put.
The Broncos have the potential to put together a special season and Dumervil, if he chooses to return, would be a big part of it. There are no guarantees in sports but the Broncos will head into the 2013 season as one of the favorites to be the last team standing in February. It’s possible that Dumervil could be signed by another contender, but it’s also possible that he could end up playing for a team with no shot. It’s difficult to imagine that the moves the Broncos have made this week would not have an effect on Dumervil, but we will find out on Friday.
I understand that players don’t always see it the way that fans do and maybe the money is more important than winning to Dumervil. However if winning a championship is one of his goals, then he would be foolish to leave the Broncos especially when he’s not going to get much more on the open market.
If the Broncos and Dumervil can come to an agreement, then it would cap an incredible week. If Dumervil decides to test the market, then the Broncos will wish him well and move on. The guess here is that they would quickly call Dwight Freeney and that Freeney would be very receptive to the phone call.
D-day is almost here and after the week the Broncos have put together, it’s difficult to believe Dumervil would want to walk away from Dove Valley. We’ll find out soon enough.
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