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Ex-Denver defensive end Elvis Dumervil decides to join Baltimore Ravens | NFL
Defensive end Elvis Dumervil, previously with the Denver Broncos, has agreed to a five-year deal with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
DENVER — Defensive end Elvis Dumervil is putting his seven seasons in Denver and one bizarre fax fiasco behind him after agreeing to a five-year contract with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Pro Football Talk reported Dumervil's deal has a base value of $26 million.
Dumervil tweeted his thanks to the Broncos and team owner Pat Bowlen after rejecting the team's latest contract proposal and also wrote, "Its been an unforgettable 7 years. I am looking fwd to this next chapter of my career."
Free agents John Abraham, 34, and Dwight Freeney, 33, visited the Broncos last week and it is expected one will sign on soon to replace Dumervil, 29.
Dumervil collected 63 ½ sacks in seven seasons in Denver, three of which ended with Pro Bowl berths.
On March 15, Dumervil waffled but finally agreed to reduce his 2013 salary from $12 million to $8 million in Denver as part of a renegotiated three-year, $30 million contract. But the paperwork didn't arrive at team headquarters in time and the Broncos released Dumervil to avoid having to pay him the full $12 million for this year. By cutting him, Denver took a salary-cap hit of nearly $5 million.
Dumervil fired agent Marty Magid after that deadline debacle and hired agent Tom Condon. Denver made a new contract proposal to Dumervil and his new agent, but the Ravens got their man.
• According to multiple media reports, defensive end Osi Umenyiora is close to an agreement with the Atlanta Falcons. Umenyiora, 31, has been a New York Giant from 2003 through last season.