Tag:Elvis Dumervil
Posted on: August 6, 2010 2:55 pm
 

Jarvis Moss breaks his hand in practice

Posted by Will Brinson

Things are not going, ahem, "well" for Josh McDaniels and the Denver Broncos thus far in the 2010 preseason.

As Josh noted Thursday evening , the team's depth is depleting by the day, and it's virtually impossible to replace Elvis Dumervil's production.

Jarvis Moss was supposed to at least help with the latter, but he too has been injured. Broncos' Rapid Report Lee Rasizer reported earlier that he left practice with a trainer examining his right hand, and now it's been confirmed that he broke the appendage and will likely require surgery and a cast, but should be able to play.

So, that's some good news, I suppose. Although when "Hey, our backup linebacker ONLY broke his hand and might still be able to play!" is second on your optimism depth chart behind, "Hey, look, our third-string quarterback's shoes are selling for $1,000 on eBay !" it's safe to say that your season isn't going swimmingly.

(Although it's probably worth pointing out that, via Rasizer again, rookie wideout Demaryius Thomas has looked superb in camp. So there's always that.)

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 12:02 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 12:36 pm
 

Report: Dumervil out 'indefinitely' after injury

Posted by Will Brinson

Elvis Dumervil (he of the brand new contract that features $43.168 million in guaranteed money) left Wednesday's practice with an injury, according to Broncos Rapid Reporter Lee Rasizer .

Dumervil was injured during one-on-one drills and headed to the trainer's room "clutching his right arm to his chest."

Now, a report from Adam Schefter on Twitter indicates that the injury is a torn pectoral muscle and that the Broncos' linebacker is out "indefinitely."

Schefter noted that Dumervil could miss up to four months, but it's also entirely possible that the Broncos place the star on Injured Reserve and end his season quite prematurely.

Dumervil was the NFL sack leader last year and was awarded the monster contract just a few weeks ago -- obviously, this is a disastrous scenario for the Broncos if it unfolds as reported.

Follow us on Twitter and tune into the Broncos Rapid Reports for more information as this situation devlops.

Update (12:15): Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Dumervil will have surgery to repair the torn pectoral muscle and has will likely be out until "at least November." This means the Broncos are now faced with a serious decision as to whether they keep him on their roster for 2010 and risk him being unable to return (and wasting a roster spot in the process), or place him on IR and end his season early.

It's worth noting that if a player like Darrelle Revis or Vincent Jackson showed up to their respective team's camp today and suffered the same injury, the likelihood of them receiving the long-term contract they're seeking would absolutely plummet.

Of course, this is the nightmare scenario for the team in question: inking a star to a monster deal with a ton of guaranteed money, and then seeing that star get injured before taking a regular season snap. Neither scenario, clearly, is very enticing.

Update (12:21) : The Broncos aren't commenting on Dumervil's injury (yet -- the team is expected to address it later today). Football Outsiders ' Bill Barnwell has pretty bad news for Broncos' fans though; their injury database shows only four players -- Chris Fuamatu-Ma-afala, Ruben Brown, Dave Brown and Matt O'Dwyer -- who returned from pectoral tears to play in the same season. The first three suffered only partial or slight tears. O'Dwyer suffered a full tear and was missed 12 weeks on the PUP list and returned to play four games.

In other words, expecting Dumervil to return in 2010 is a serious long shot. Almost as much as the Broncos finding someone to replace his production this year.

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 10:25 am
 

Dumervil's extension includes record guarantee

E. Dumervil got a huge contract extension Thursday night (Getty). The numbers have come in on Denver LB Elvis Dumervil’s new contract extension, and considering he was slated to make about $3.1 million this season, it’s quite a jump.

The Denver Post writes that on top of the $3.168 million salary Dumervil will earn this year, the team added a five-year, $58.332 million extension. That equals six years and $61.5 for last year’s sack leader.

According to two Post sources, $43.168 million of that extension is guaranteed against injury, an NFL record.

"Money is not everything, and that's the way I was brought up," Dumervil told the newspaper. "It's nice when you get it, don't get me wrong, but I was always taught that you get what you put into it. And as long as you conduct yourself as such, good things will happen for you."

It’s actually a pretty extraordinary move by the Broncos. Considering all the turmoil that could occur next year with a potential lockout looming, Denver didn’t have to give him so much money. The Broncos could have stuck him with a franchise tag – which, while still costly, means it would only have to pay him that much money in the short-term, keeping them from having to make such a big-money, long-term commitment to him now.

But, as the Post points out, perhaps the team needed to make a statement, especially after it’s jettisoned off so many players since coach Josh McDaniels – who coincidentally is our subject of “Five questions or more” today on the blog – took over the team.

How will this new contract affect him on the field?

From the Post’s story:

Now that Dumervil has received his new contract, don't be surprised if his sack totals go down while his value soars. Dumervil figures to become a marked man by opposing offenses this season with teams making sure a second blocker — whether a tight end, pulling guard or running back — is on him.

As Dumervil draws double teams on passing downs, it will be imperative for other Broncos such as Robert Ayers to develop as rushers.

"It's going to be tough but a lot of teams passed on me before the Broncos selected me with the 126th pick," Dumervil said. "I'm wanting to show these other teams what they missed out on. I'm obsessed with that. I feel bitter about those decisions. Now I want to prove to other teams that the Broncos were right in wanting to reward me by extending me.”


It’ll be tough – real tough – for Dumervil to reach his 17-sack quota from last year. And not just because of the money he’s making. New contract or no new contract, he would have faced more double teams and chipping blockers anyway this season.

But Dumervil also said he can get his sack total back to double digits. For the Broncos sake, he’d better.
 

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 12:09 am
 

Broncos extend Dumervil

According to the Denver Post , the Broncos have extended the contract of LB Elvis Dumervil, last year’s sack leader.

"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," general manager Brian Xanders said in a statement. "We are excited to have him as an integral part of the Broncos well into the future."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 12:00 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2010 12:53 pm
 

Positional rankings: 3-4 outside linebackers

Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit resume their debate, this time taking a look at the top five outside linebackers (who play in a 3-4 scheme) in the NFL.

Andy Benoit's top five

  J. Harrison (92) and L. Woodley (56) celebrate (Getty) 5. Elvis Dumervil, Broncos

4. LaMarr Woodley, Steelers

3. Terrell Suggs, Ravens

2. James Harrison, Steelers

1. DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys


Sacks have put a bright spotlight on the 3-4 outside linebacker position. Everyone on this list can rush the passer. What differentiates stars and superstars is versatility.

Dumervil, the NFL sack leader in ’09, is too small to be a force against the run, but his frenetic energy often makes up the difference. By the end of this season, Woodley might claim the No. 1 ranking. The fourth-year pro is beastly in traffic – he has some of the thickest thighs and biceps you’ll EVER see – and fluid enough to defend the flats in coverage.

Suggs is on the list not because he’s a handful as a pass-rusher, but because he’s the best playside run-defender in the NFL. James Harrison scares people – even those who are watching at home. He’s very smart, too. Ware had a somewhat quiet season in ’09, but that was due to a fluky slow start as much as anything. He’s still the best all-around 3-4 front seven playmaker in the game.

Josh Katzowitz's top five

5. Manny Lawson, 49ers

4. Elvis Dumervil, Broncos

3. DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys

2. LaMarr Woodley, Steelers

1. James Harrison, Steelers


  Oh, to be a quarterback facing the Steelers when James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley are healthy and gunning for your throat. Oh, to be a running back who must rush into the teeth of the Steelers defense. Oh, to have to fear for your career. Consider the two have combined 51 sacks during the past two seasons, and it’s easy to see why Pittsburgh was ranked No. 1 in the AFC vs. the run last year while finishing with an AFC-high 47 sacks. How do you rank them? I say Harrison is No. 1 because he’s been doing it longer, and because so much of an opponent’s attention is focused on stopping him, Woodley can get away with blitzing. But I agree – Woodley might eventually be the best of the entire bunch.

Ware had an amazing 2008, recording 20 sacks, 84 tackles and six forced fumbles. Fighting through an injury, he wasn’t nearly as good last season, but he rebounded a bit in the second half. Although he had a huge year last season, you wonder if Dumervil can replicate his success. Lawson doesn’t record many sacks, but he’s good in coverage and he tackles consistently.

The one issue I have with Andy’s list is Terrell Suggs. I wonder if he lives off his reputation more than anything else. He came into last season nearly 20 pounds overweight, and it blunted his explosiveness. He lost playing time, and he completed his worst season since his 2003 rookie season. Not good since he signed a contract before the beginning of the season that made him the highest-paid linebacker in history. Unfortunately for Baltimore, he didn’t play like it.

Andy’s Rebuttal

A lot of Suggs’ brilliance doesn’t show up in the stat book. I have some reservations about Dumervil, but not enough to overshadow all the memories I have of him attacking offensive tackles with perfect leverage last season.

But whatever, let’s get to the shocking part of your list: MANNY LAWSON?! If this were Bottom 5, maybe. Lawson is very fluid in coverage. I’ll give you that. But he’s not physical in traffic, and he’s a modest pass-rushing threat at best. If Ahmad Brooks had even a slightly-below-average football IQ, he’d be starting ahead of Lawson in San Francisco.

Josh’s final word

Ha, I thought you might like my addition of Lawson. But bottom five? Man, that’s harsh. That’s like me sarcastically writing about how Suggs is so brilliant. Oh wait, you were serious about that? Fact is, Lawson’s the best OLB at dropping into coverage of anybody on our list, he plays the run very well, and he does, in fact, get to the opposing quarterback. Even without great technique, he was credited with hitting the quarterback 11 times last year; he just doesn’t record many sacks. And considering last year was his first season in the 3-4, he’s only going to get better (it should be noted he had four sacks in the final seven games of the year). Yeah, Lawson isn’t the sexiest OLB out there, but he’s more than solid.

Andy, not knowing when to quit

Josh, Lawson is indeed fantastic at dropping into coverage. I’m surprised he didn’t make your top five cornerbacks list.

Josh’s final, final word

In lieu of making any more arguments about this position, let me point you in the direction of what a wise man said last March. "I wasn't happy about the way I played last season, it was a disappointing year. My focus in the offseason is to make sure that never happens again. … No one was more disappointed about my season than me.” Who said that? Oh right, those were the brilliant words of Suggs. In effect, Suggs thinks your list is pretty weak.

(Other positions: Safety | Cornerback )

--Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 4:29 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2010 4:33 pm
 

Contract Situations In Denver

Mike Klis of the Denver Post points out that, while most people are focusing on Elvis Dumervil’s contract situation, it’s worth noting that Champ Bailey is in the final year of his deal. As it stands now, Dumervil and Bailey are both set to become unrestricted free agents in 2011.

The Broncos will likely try to keep both. They’ll use a franchise tag if need be. A decision on who to franchise is influenced by external factors like what the top paid defensive ends/outside linebackers make versus what the top paid cornerbacks make, how eager Dumervil or Bailey is to stay or leave, and how easy it is to negotiate a long-term deal with their agents (Dumervil is represented by Gary Wichard; Bailey by Jack Reale). Not irrelevant is the fact that Dumervil is 26 and Bailey is 32.

Dumervil’s price point is basically set because DeMarcus Ware signed a six-year, $78 million contract last October. Dumervil isn’t worth Ware money (yet), but since Ware can be considered the best rush linebacker in the NFL, his contract sets the market. Of course, if Dumervil has another season like last year’s 17.5-sack campaign, his price tag could match Ware’s. In other words, he could be cheaper now than next year.

Bailey’s price point could jump if Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis gets the long-term deal he desires. Of course, with Bailey being 32, his value is diminishing by the year. Denver could probably get him at a slightly better price next season than this season.

Only time will tell on all these things (especially given that there’s really no CBA right now). What’s certain is the Broncos are playing with fire by letting the contracts of two superstar defenders both expire in 2011.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 20, 2010 12:10 pm
 

Dumervil in line for big payday, too

He hasn’t received the notoriety or media coverage of Jets CB Darrelle Revis, but OLB/DE Elvis Dumervil (the NFL sack leader last season), who signed his restricted free agent tender of nearly $3.2 million last week, also wants a long-term contract.

The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla has an interesting take here where he decries the fact that Dumervil was forced to sign a deal that was well below his market value while writing the Broncos actually did the right thing.

Kiszla makes a good point here:


This is a tricky deal for the Broncos.

The team must negotiate the fine line between what makes financial sense in roster maintenance and the costs required to maintain the faith of fans whose trust in the team has certainly been shaken.

Is Dumervil worth a multiyear contract in the neighborhood of $65 million, with more than half the money guaranteed, no matter how long his 5-foot-11, 248-pound body holds up against the strain of being an undersized playmaker in a violent game?

The brutally honest answer is: No.

Dumervil is a fearsome pass rusher, but his every-down impact is no match for NFL linebackers such as Patrick Willis or James Harrison.

So, no matter how much I like Dr. Doom, it's hard to mindlessly shout: Show him the money!

Ah, but here's the rub. Unless the Broncos sign Dumervil to a long-term contract before training camp begins, he would be foolish to show up. It then would be fair for everybody from veteran cornerback (Champ) Bailey to season-ticket holders to wonder if this franchise has commitment issues.


Dumervil has played remarkably well for someone who wasn’t drafted until the fourth round because of concerns about his height. He had nice production his first two years – even though he lined up on the right side of the line, meaning he had to face the opposing team’s left tackle – but after lagging a little in 2008 (five sacks in 16 games), a new role in Josh McDaniels’ 3-4 defense, in which he plays much more outside linebacker, has helped him become one of the most feared defenders around.

Is he worth more than $3.2 million? Probably so, especially if his career is extended because he’s not crashing into offensive linemen every single play. Will he get that contract extension? At this point, it’s hard to tell.


--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 14, 2010 5:22 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2010 5:28 pm
 

Linebackers Giving In, Signing Tenders

As expected, more restricted free agents have chosen to sign for what they believe is “less than fair market value” today. Broncos outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, Redskins inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh, Titans middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch and Browns inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson all signed tenders. It was an obvious choice, given that their other option was to hold out and risk signing for “far, far less than fair market value” later. At midnight, teams can reduce their original tenders to restricted free agents, leaving players with two options: sign for just 110 percent of their ’09 base salary or sit out the season and get nothing.

There has been speculation that Dumervil, the AFC’s sack leader in ’09 and Denver’s only bona fide pass-rusher, could be in line for a long-term deal. However, the Broncos have been quiet on that front.

McIntosh, while presumably pining for a long-term contract, could break an even bigger bank in 2011. The fifth-year pro is coming off a career season. Given his continuously improving run-stopping abilities, McIntosh should be even more productive (read: more valuable) in Washington’s new 3-4 scheme. Plus, London Fletcher is 35. Fletcher has yet to show any hint of decline, but if he hits a wall in ’10, McIntosh’s value to the Redskins becomes even greater.

Tulloch’s presence is critical for Tennessee given the absence of injured veterans Keith Bulluck (currently a free agent) and David Thornton (likely to be released). Jackson, one of the league’s most productive tacklers (statistically speaking), is looking to bounce back after an injury-riddled ’09 campaign.

---Andy Benoit

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