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.
The #Ravens have agreed in principle to a five-year deal with Elvis Dumervil.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) March 24, 2013
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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