The Ravens have suffered plentiful significant defensive losses this offseason, and now have added a player who might have been the best member of the unit in 2012.
Baltimore has agreed to terms with former Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil, according to a team-issued press release. It’s a five-year deal, pending a physical scheduled for Tuesday morning in Baltimore.
Dumervil, 29, is entering his eighth year in the NFL and will be a key member of the Ravens’ reconstructed defensive front. He is a three-time Pro Bowler and was a first-team All-Pro in 2009.
He has played in 91 career games, recording 226 tackles and 63.5 sacks. Last season, Dumervil made 54 tackles and finished second on the Broncos with 11 sacks.
The Ravens struggled with the pass rush in 2012, and lose their best rusher in linebacker Paul Kruger, who signed with the Browns. Dumervil should help compensate for that loss, and more.
The only reason the 6-foot, 255-lb. lineman was available was a mix-up where his agent didn’t fax a signed renegotiated contract back to the Denver front office before Friday’s deadline. Dumervil would’ve been paid $12 million next season, but agreed to an $8 million restructured deal. Because the Broncos didn’t get the fax in time, they had to cut him.
And now they’ve lost him to the Ravens.