Elvis Dumervil: Dumbest, most unnecessary Broncos exit since Jay Cutler?

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Elvis Dumervil.
It's official: Elvis Dumervil, a vaunted sack-master and feared presence on the Broncos defensive line for seven years, is now officially a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

How did this disastrous turn of events take place? For reasons that are at least as stupid as the ones that ended with quarterback Jay Cutler being traded to Chicago in 2009 -- and maybe even worse.

Follow the Twitter trail to the latest disaster below.

What led to Dumervil's departure? Well, the Broncos asked the defensive lineman to take a big pay cut, from around $12 million per annum to approximately $8 million. And shockingly enough, Dumervil agreed, albeit at nearly the last minute.

Reports vary about what happened, and so do claims from various principals. From what we understand, Dumervil's agent, Marty Magid, verbally committed to the deal 35 minutes or so before the trade deadline, but the signed contracts weren't faxed back in time -- so, with one minute to go before the Broncos would have been stuck paying the original $12 million, the team cut Dumervil, making him a free agent.

Linebacker Von Miller certainly didn't want to see his partner in quarterback abuse go, as he made clear in this tweet....

...but while Denver is said to have tried to lure Elvis back into the building, the complications of the NFL salary structure made doing so difficult. In the end, Dumervil (who now has new representation, having given Magid the heave-ho) shopped his services to other squads, signing with the Ravens yesterday. Here's how ESPN's Adam Schefter describes the arithmetic:

The arrangement was made so quickly that Dumervil hasn't gotten around to changing his Twitter icon and status. At this writing, it still looks like this:

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However, the Big E has already bid farewell to Broncos fans via tweet. The extended text reads: "Can't say enough about the Broncos fans, my great teammates, equipment staff, training staff, media staff, Mr. Bowlen, Coach Fox, John Elway and the city of Denver. Its been an unforgettable 7 years. I am looking fwd to this next chapter of my career."

As for Elway, he's put out an it's-not-our-fault statement. It reads:

"As we have from the start of this process, we worked diligently over the last week to find a way for Elvis Dumervil to remain a Denver Bronco. Although we made multiple contract offers to Elvis after being forced to release him, we were unable to reach an agreement and are now moving forward without him.

"Elvis was a team captain and a talented player who made a great impact during his seven seasons in Denver. I appreciate all of his effort on the field and the work he did in the community.

"I wish Elvis all the best as he continues his NFL career."

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Jay Cutler.
Who's to blame? Magid seems like the easiest fall guy; his fax is said to have arrived either six or seven minutes late. But it also appears that the Broncos didn't do enough to soothe Dumervil's bruised ego after everything went to hell -- which recalls the Cutler situation in 2009.

As you'll recall, Cutler freaked out after hearing that new coach Josh McDaniels had floated him as trade bait in a deal for Patriots backup Matt Cassel (who wound up going to the Kansas City Chiefs and sucking really hard). The relationship between Cutler and McDaniels soon went down for the count, with the latter eventually trading the former to the Chicago Bears for QB Kyle Orton, who won't be heading to the Hall of Fame anytime soon.

Afterward, at least one expert predicted that the trade would set Denver back five years. Fortunately, things turned around more quickly than that: After imploding for a season-plus, the Broncos enjoyed the bizarre dream that was the Tim Tebow era before signing Peyton Manning and instantly becoming a contender. And the Wes Welker acquisition had local fans dreaming of a Super Bowl championship.

Will the Dumervil debacle derail this prospect? No -- but it certainly won't make it any easier to attain. And that's especially frustrating in light of the fact that this mess didn't have to happen.

More from our Sports archive: "Jay Cutler: 'Sniveling NFL superdouche'?"

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26 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

His position will be filled by 35(+) yr old vet ....

Michael Harguth
Michael Harguth

This was a well orchestrated plan with the desired result achieved.

Eric Nobles
Eric Nobles

The team writes a contract. They both sign it. Honor the Contract!

Jeremiah Williams
Jeremiah Williams

Dumervil, for being a greedy SOB. Now he gets to play for a losing team next season.

Kevin Lindsey
Kevin Lindsey

i would say even bigger than the jay cutler exit

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Dumervil is as Dumervil does.


ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

"before trading for Peyton Manning"

Yeah. No.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

It's official: the author clearly knows next to nothing about the business side of professional sports. Dumervil's contract was bloated. He knew the front office was not going to take a salary cap hit by paying him the $12 mil (given that Paul Krueger set the market at $8 mil after signing with Cleveland) so he and his agent intentionally dilly-dallied past the 11th hour. The departure of Dumervil isn't likely to hurt the D-line since adding Freeney along with another veteran or high draft prospect can make up for the void for less money. It's the porous secondary that has been the Achilles heel all season.

Brenda Freeman
Brenda Freeman

The genius who is still relying on fax machines.

Annette Hall
Annette Hall

The broncos...he was obviously waiting for the raven deal!

Mickey Lee
Mickey Lee

Getting rid of Cutler was necessary.

Jay Mesa
Jay Mesa

The Broncos will be better off with Freeney. Elvis clearly didn't want to be in Denver - he took a deal for less money to go to a rebuilding (losing) team.

Bill MacCallum
Bill MacCallum

Although sloppily done by a lousy head coach, getting rid of Jay Cutler was a very good thing in retrospect given his lack of poise, leadership, and performance. I think it is tortured reasoning to draw a parallel between Elvis and Jay. I agree that not doing what it takes to keep Elvis was a mistake. We will only know the effect once this season’s defensive unit’s performance unfolds.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Eric Nobles  If ONLY it were that simple .....

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@ryan.cordova Not a trade, but a signing. Sorry about the error, Ryan. We've corrected it. Appreciate your help.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ryan.cordova  ... Hey Lyin' Ryan, was that one of your drunken family members who mowed down the visitor kiosk at the Boulder overlook?


ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @ryan.cordova Coming from the Westword troll who decided to stalk me into another thread that's funny.

You can calm down, it's okay that you proved yourself a "marijuana activist" who has no clue how the law actually works. You don't have to let your lack of a penis rule your world. There are plenty of valid women in the world who don't have to spend all day trolling Westword to make themselves feel better.

Then again, not everyone fucks up their lives work like you so thoroughly did. How's it feel to be completely behind the boat again?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ryan.cordova = still the only clueless retard on WW who thinks I'm Kathleen Chippi.

Why don't you just quell your infatuation ask her out on a date, instead of fantasizing that every online stranger who spanks you in public is KC?



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