The Denver Broncos seem to be putting Elvis Dumervil at the top of their priority list, but everything they try to do seems to backfire. It may just be fate that the Broncos and Dumervil part for good and the Broncos look to free agent defensive ends Dwight Freeney or John Abraham to fill the void left by Dumervil.
At 29, Dumervil has only missed five games over six NFL seasons and has been a pretty consistent contributor on defense. He has recorded around 40 tackles, 10 sacks and four or more forced fumbles in three different seasons. His ability against the run isn’t great, but he still finds a way to track down the ball carrier from the end position.
The 33-year-old Freeney has missed 13 games over an 11-year career, but only once missed more than two games in the same season. Freeney also consistently racks up around 10 sacks and four or five forced fumbles, but usually only manages a few tackles over 20 each season. He’s definitely not considered a run stopper.
Abraham is 34 years old, but still has a year or two of solid play left in the tank. He may be the best all-around player of the three, but he’s also the oldest. He has steadily put up around 40 tackles, 10 sacks and five or six forced fumbles each season.
Dumervil is the best choice here for the Broncos because of his experience with the team and his age, but if they cannot get a deal worked out after all the chaos, then it may be wiser for the Broncos to try bringing in Abraham instead of Freeney. Freeney seems to have lost a few more steps from his prime years than Abraham.
If the Dumervil negotiations fall through then the Broncos should sign Abraham to a two-year deal. They’ll probably be better over that short stretch than they would have been with Dumervil.