Free agent Elvis Dumervil, who was released by the Denver Broncos earlier this month because of an administrative blunder, agreed to a five-year, $35 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens, according to ESPN.
Dumervil hit the free agency market earlier this month after the Broncos released him when paperwork for his restructured contract did not make it back in time to the team. He had agreed to take a salary cut from $12 million to $8 million for next season after signing a six-year, $61.5 million contract in 2010.
The three-time Pro Bowler will make $8.5 million in his first year with the Ravens, posted on Twitter: “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.”
Broncos executive vice president John Elway said in a statement that over the last week that the team was hopeful to re-sign Dumervil. But the player rejected multiple contract offers.
“Elvis was a team captain and a talented player who made a great impact during his seven seasons in Denver,” Elway said. “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.”
Dumvervil had 11 sacks last season, which was second behind teammate Von Miller’s 18.5 sacks. Dumveril led the NFL in sacks in 2009 with 17.
He could have an instant impact to a depleted Ravens defense that has lost several veterans due to free agency and Ray Lewis to retirement. Linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger and safety Ed Reed Reed all have departed in free agency.