The strange saga between Elvis Dumervil and the Broncos is reportedly about to take a new twist. DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, has asked for an inquiry into how Dumervil's contract didn't end up in the Broncos' hands before Friday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, according to the Denver Post.
Dumervil's agent blamed the Broncos.
The Broncos blamed Dumervil's agent.
And Twitter blamed both parties for still relying on something called a fax machine.
To rehash what happened: Dumervil had until 4 p.m. ET on Friday to agree to a restructured deal with Denver that included a $4-million pay cut. Just before the deadline, the Broncos received word that Dumervil had accepted the deal and was going to stay in Denver.
Nine minutes after the 4 p.m. ET deadline passed, Mike Klis of the Denver Post dropped a bombshell, tweeting that Dumervil's contract had not been filed on time and that Dumervil was a free agent as of 4 p.m. ET.
Then the blame game started.
Denver released a statement on Friday saying that the team gave Dumervil and his agent a revised contract at 1 p.m. ET and that Dumervil had until 3 p.m. ET to decide whether or not to accept the restructured deal, which included cutting Dumervil's 2013 pay from $12 million to $8 million.
Dumervil's agent, Martin Magid, disputed the Broncos' timeline in a conversation with CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Magid said that he didn't receive a final version of the contract until 3:42 p.m. ET, a mere 18 minutes before the deadline. At that point, Magid said he scanned the contract before sending it to Dumervil in Florida. Dumervil then signed the deal and faxed it to Denver at 3:53 p.m. ET. The Broncos said they didn't receive the fax until 4:06 p.m. ET, six minutes past the deadline.
Without the fax in hand, Denver was forced to release Dumervil at 3:59 p.m. ET, or the team would have risked being on the hook for Dumervil's old contract.
The bottom line: Dumervil's a free agent and an inquiry is unlikely to change that.
However, one thing that will change is Dumervil's representation. Dumervil has parted ways with Magid, according to the Baltimore Sun. The Sun reports that there is no animosity between Dumervil and the man who may have cost him millions.
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