The new regime with the Denver Broncos has clashed with plenty of players, shipping out unhappy guys like Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall. However, they seem to have found a way to get along with restricted free agent Elvis Dumervil: pay the man.
Dumervil and the Broncos agreed to a contract extension Thursday, the team announced. Terms weren’t disclosed, but according to multiple sources, the six-year deal was worth $61.5 million and includes between $41 million and $43 million in guarantees.
“I am pleased to announce the extension of Elvis Dumervil’s contract with the Denver Broncos,” general manager Brian Xanders said in a statement. “He has established himself as one of the NFL’s premier pass rushers, and he’s an important part of the foundation we are building with this team. We are excited to have him as an integral part of the Broncos well into the future.”
Dumervil was the Broncos’ fourth-round pick in 2006 after gaining a reputation at Louisville of being a top pass rusher. As a rookie, he established that same reputation in the NFL, registering 8½ sacks. He had 26 sacks in his first three NFL seasons, but last year presented a challenge as the Broncos moved to a 3-4 defense, making Dumervil a linebacker for the first time in his career.
Dumervil responded with his best season, 17 sacks and a trip to the Pro Bowl.
And now with that kind of cash he can take a trip anywhere he wants. Yikes.
This also will make Scott Pioli’s job a little more difficult down the road, especially if Tamba Hali comes out this season and puts up the kind of numbers a lot of us think he’s capable of. There were no doubt be fans that have zero interest in paying out that much money, but I’m pretty sure those same people would love to have Jared Allen back right now no matter what the price tag.