It's been four days since incompetence and technology conspired to cost Elvis Dumervil the $8 million he was set to make for the Denver Broncos in 2013. But because the proper paperwork wasn't faxed to the team before the Friday deadline, he was released.
The Ravens and Steelers were reportedly interested in the outside linebacker, but John Elway, the Broncos head of football operations, said Tuesday from the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, Ariz., that, "We've offered Elvis a contract. We'd like to have Elvis back."
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According to the Denver Post's Mike Klis, Elway didn't go into specifics, but Klis expects any new deal will be less than the three-year, $30 million contract Dumervil would've had if not for the fax snafu.
Meanwhile, NFL Network's Jeff Darlington tweets: "I'm told team has been working to find creative way to make a contract offer that would pay him similar to pre-fax agreement. [The] big concern, at this point, remains whether Dumervil can put the rift that has occurred in wake of #WTFax behind him. My guess? He does."
Dumervil had 11 sacks last season playing opposite Von Miller, and should he return to Denver, the Broncos will have positioned themselves as the team to beat in the AFC. Of course, we're not even two weeks into free agency and the season is still more than five months off. Or, to quote Steelers coach Mike Tomlin from Tuesday's meetings: "That's March talk. I'll see you at the stadiums in the fall."
For the Broncos, the question becomes whether Dumervil will be there with them.