John Elway, Denver Broncos Seemed to Have Not Wanted Elvis Dumervil Back

By Mark Stringer
Ron Chenoy-USA Today Sports

The Denver Broncos and Elvis Dumervil will be separated for the first time in his career that started in 2006 when the Broncos drafted him in the fourth round of the NFL draft.

Did the Broncos really do enough to keep Dumervil? It seemed at times that they were doing just enough to not get him signed and they sort of wanted Dumervil to be released and sign elsewhere.

The Bronocs had a deadline to get Dumervil to rework his contract or he would have been garunteed $12 million for the 2013 season. The Broncos offered Dumervil a contract and supposedly Dumervil agreed and faxed in the agreement around 3:55 p.m. in order to meet a 4:00 p.m. deadline. The Broncos received confirmation at 4:06 p.m., which was about seven minutes after they had to send a fax to the NFL releasing Dumervil or be stuck with the $12 salary for 2013.

In the end, Dumervil was released by the Broncos and his agent was to blame for the missed deadline. Dumervil fired his agent and hired a new one, but was this really an agent’s fault or the lack of concern by the Broncos to get Dumervil to agree in time?

If the Broncos were really interested and concerned about bringing Dumervil back to Denver then they would have had a deadline much earlier than the actual 4:00 p.m. deadline to release a player. Had the Broncos set a 2:00 p.m. deadline for Dumervil then there would have been time to fix a six-minute mistake.

There are only two explanations for this: one is that the Broncos are not running an organized business well enough to meet deadlines when they really want a player back and that player wants to be back in Denver or two: they really didn’t want Dumervil back and set it up so that he would most likely not be a Bronco in 2013.

I’m going with the latter because of the fact that I know Pat Bowlen, John Elway, John Fox and the rest of the Broncos’ organization are very well intelligent business people and wouldn’t let a major part of their plans slip away as easily as Dumervil did.

Dumervil was not as important piece to their plans and goals for the Broncos as most people may have thought.

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