NFL News: Baltimore Ravens sign Elvis Dumervil

Your AFC North news du jour: The Baltimore Ravens have agreed in principle to a five-year deal with star defensive end Elvis Dumervil. According to multiple reports, the contract is worth up to $35 million.

Of course, just the other week, the Denver Broncos had a free agency snafu with Dumervil. They never intended for the sack-master, who has recorded 37.5 over the past three years, to become a free agent this offseason. In the aftermath of the mistake via fax machines, the Ravens snatched up the opportunity yet again in the open market.

Dumvervil, 29, out of the University of Louisville, was a 4th-rounder in the 2006 NFL Draft. He has played the entirety of his NFL career with the Broncos. He has had at least five sacks in all six of his seasons, including a league-high 17 in 2010.

Previously this offseason, the Ravens lost former defensive stars Ed Reed (Houston Texans), Ray Lewis (retirement) and Paul Kruger (Cleveland Browns), along with receiver Anquan Boldin (San Francisco 49ers). With the Browns nabbing former Ravens sack artist Kruger, this addition certainly keeps the fire hot in the sure-to-be competitive AFC North for 2013.

As a reminder and to put Dumervil’s contract in context of the Ravens’ cap decisions, Kruger’s deal was five years and reportedly up to $40 million total.

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  • Pomp

    It helps to be the super bowl champions with a decade of being in the hunt. As opposed to us, who cant be competitive to save our life. I understand overpaying….

  • James

    This made signing Kruger look absolutly foolish

  • Pomp

    Also, I feel like Dumervil is always hurt.

  • WFNY_DP

    I really wanted the Browns to kick the tires on Dumervil after Denver messed it up. It would have made our pass rush unstoppable.

  • Porkchop

    Agreed, for th FO not to know 3 weeks ahead of time that a botched fax would lead to Dumerville being a FA? Pretty evident that Hascrams Flying Js dont sell crystal balls. Somehow this has Lombardis stench of failure all over it

  • JHop

    It’s not a matter of them signing Dumervil over Kruger, it’s just a matter that Dumervil – a much more proven commodity with several years of high caliber success – signed for much less than Kruger, a player with only a partial season of success.

  • mgbode

    he’s missed 4 games in 6 NFL seasons. 3 of those his rookie year.

  • mgbode

    the contracts are about the same. the Ravens obviously like Dumervil better as I would think if they offered that to Kruger, he would have at least postulated staying (and he never gave any indication he might stay).

  • porkchop

    Yeah I get that, but to say it makes our front office look foolish is absurd. If on the opening day of free agency Banner came out and announced he wasn’t going to sign anyone because he had a conviction that elite pass rushers who were supposed to resign would become available due to an incredible string of incompetent events, we all would have sacked Berea.
    It was a great pick up by the Ravens but it in no way reflects poorly on the signing of Kruger

  • James

    Agreed

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