Even after coming to an agreement to take a pay cut, the Denver Broncos ended up cutting defensive end Elvis Dumervil. This cut didn’t come because the team actually wanted to get rid of the defensive end, but actually came due to a late submission of paperwork.
Dumervil’s agent failed to fax the appropriate paperwork to the Broncos’ organization before the league’s deadline. Actually, the paperwork was received six minutes after the 4 p.m. EST deadline. Denver had no choice but to release Dumervil at 3:59 p.m. EST. If they didn’t, then the Broncos would have had to pay Dumervil $12 million
This dilemma now makes the seven-year pro a free agent. Dumervil, who has 63.5 career sacks, could be a good fit for a few teams that are in need of a pass rusher.
The Detroit Lions are definitely one team that needs one, especially since Cliff Avril is now with the Seattle Seahawks. Even after a signing running back Steven Jackson, the Atlanta Falcons could possibly have enough money to pursue Dumervil to replace John Abraham. There is also the New York Giants, a team that’s looking for a way to replace Osi Umenyiora.
The Lions, Falcons, and Giants are just a few teams that could be taken to a much higher level if Dumervil is added to their roster. However, any team that runs a 4-3 scheme could greatly benefit from Dumervil’s services.
There actually is a possibility that Denver will re-sign Dumervil, but in doing so, the Broncos will run into some difficulty financially.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google