The re-tooling of the Baltimore Ravens defense took another step forward this afternoon as it was announced through the Ravens twitter account that the team had reached a five-year deal in principal with DE/LB Elvis Dumervil.
Dumervil, 29, brings an immense amount of talent to the Ravens after a fax machine blunder started his release from the Denver Broncos last week.
It was reported as late as Saturday afternoon that Dumervil had narrowed his choices down to both Baltimore and a return to Denver before deciding on a contract worth reportedly as much as $35 million, including $8.5 million in 2013 ($7.5 million signing bonus, $1 million base salary) according to NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
After the embarrassment of the Broncos/Dumervil situation, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reported that Dumervil wasn’t “looking to break the bank” with a deal, but that the destination that he landed was going to be a place where he “felt wanted“.
The six-year veteran racked up 37.5 sacks the last three seasons and has played both OLB and DE for the Broncos. With the Ravens, he’ll most likely see time at outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Dean Pees’ 3-4 defensive scheme.
Losing Paul Kruger to free agency, the Ravens looked to replace him with talent through either FA or the draft. They did just that with one of the premier pass rushers on the market, essentially falling into the laps of Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens front office.
Dumervil will have to pass a physical before the signing is official, and the Ravens have reported that he will take his physical on Tuesday.
Matt Lund is a contributor for BaltimoreSportsReport.com and co-host of the BSR Podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @MattCLund.