Denver, CO (Sports Network) - A snafu in paperwork has caused the Denver
Broncos to release star defensive end Elvis Dumervil.
The Denver Post reports Dumervil signed off on a new contract arrangement from
the Broncos and his agent faxed it the team, but it arrived at 2:06 p.m. local
time. That was six minutes past the deadline to file contracts with the NFL
Because of the problem, the Broncos chose to release Dumervil instead of
guaranteeing him his $12 million salary for next season. The newspaper reports
the Broncos could be hit with a $4.889 million hit against their salary cap.
According to the report, Dumervil was asked to take a pay cut from the $12
million he was due to make next season, but whatever the arrangement he was to
be guaranteed a salary if he was on the roster by 2 p.m. local time. Dumervil
reportedly agreed to take a pay cut down to $8 million and the sides had
agreed to a restructured contract about 35 minutes prior to the deadline.
The newspaper reports the Broncos faxed the proposal to Dumervil and his
agent, but the signatures were needed by 2 p.m. The Broncos were reportedly
fearful they'd be stuck with the $12 million owed to Dumervil so a minute
prior to the deadline he was released.
The Broncos could re-sign Dumervil, but there are salary cap ramifications
according to the newspaper. He's now a free agent.
Dumervil had 11 sacks last season. He led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2009 and
has 63 for his career.
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