Over the weekend Elvis Dumervil signed a deal to play with the Baltimore Ravens. The Pro Bowl defensive end got a five-year deal worth $35 million. The money Dumervil will receive this coming season isn't much different than what Denver was offering. The Broncos were offering a three-year deal for $18 million. The Ravens will pay him $8.5 million (the Broncos would've given him $8 million) and Baltimore guaranteed him only $2 million more for the entire deal than Denver ($12 million to $10 million). That combination of added commitment and extra dollars had to sway Dumervil.

 

The Broncos could only offer what they could muster, that’s why they asked him to redo his contract to begin with and let’s be honest there is no reason to think the Ravens won’t ask him to redo this deal before it ends. They just traded Anquan Boldin to the 49ers because he wouldn’t take a pay cut. Maybe Dumervil had enough of this back and forth with Denver, but one thing is true: He just lost his best chance at playing in the Super Bowl next season.