Elvis Dumervil is now the newest member of the Baltimore Ravens’ defense and YouWager experts have learned that the outside linebacker has said that while he’s always played with a chip on his shoulder, he may have a “brick wall” there now after having had to take a pay cut by the Denver Broncos before being released after a treacherous paperwork mixup.
The 29 year-old passed his physical earlier this week and signed his five-year contract with the Ravens, which was agreed to on Sunday. Aaccording to a NFL source the contract is worth $35 million, including $8.5 million in the first year of the deal.
Dumervil was joined at the news conference by Baltimore’s coach John Harbaugh and inside linebackers coach Don Martindale, who coached the Miami native with Denver when he was the team’s defensive coordinator.
Dumervil stated a sense of “friendship and family” were able to help him decide to sign with the Ravens. He added that he liked that Harbaugh stressed “the team, the team, the team.”
Getting an opprtunity to join the reigning Super Bowl champions wasn’t too shabby either.
The coach said that as soon as Dumervil was released by the Broncos, “we knew right away that Elvis would be a perfect fit if we could make it happen.”
Two weeks ago Dumervil waffled but finally agreed to reduce his 2013 salary from $12 million to $8 million with the Denver NFL team as part of a renegotiated three-year, $30 million contract. However the paperwork didn’t reach the league offices in time and the Broncos were forced to release him to avoid having to pay him the full $12 million for next season.
The 3x Pro Bowler fired agent Marty Magid after that deadline debacle and hired agent Tom Condon.
Free agents John Abraham, 34, and Dwight Freeney, 33, visited Denver last week and it’s expected one of them will sign on soon to replace Dumervil.