The Denver Broncos and Elvis Dumervil just can’t seem to get on the same page at the same time, and it will end up costing Dumervil a lot of money. But, at least he will likely find his way back to the Broncos, who drafted him in 2006 and who have a legitimate chance at winning the Super Bowl this year.
After a day of faxes, emails, phone calls and negotiations, the Broncos and Dumervil were separated because of a deadline at which the Broncos were forced to release the talented pass rusher or pay him an over-valued $12 million in 2013.
The Broncos made the decision one minute before the deadline and Dumervil sent a fax in agreeing to the offered pay cut six minutes after the deadline. Dumervil says it was a few minutes before the deadline and the Broncos claim that the fax came in at 4:06 pm, which was six minutes late.
Now Dumervil is a free agent and can explore and negotiate with other teams about where he will play next year, but he wants to be in Denver and the Broncos want him back.
This sounds very simple: The Broncos should just make he same offer that Dumervil accepted six minutes too late and everyone is happy. But it just doesn’t work like that, because the Broncos took a hit of over $4 million when Dumervil was released so negations are heating back up and the Broncos won’t eat that money, plus the $8 million Dumervil agreed to play for in 2013.
Someone will have to eat that $4 million and you can bet it won’t be the Broncos. There’s a chance both sides will eat some, but that is the hold up right now. If they can come to an agreement, then Dumervil will be a Bronco again and most likely for the rest of his career.
If not, then he will play elsewhere for probably the same money or less, and may or may not have as good of a chance at a Super Bowl.