Linebacker set to earn up to $35m with current Super Bowl champions.
The Baltimore Ravens have signed linebacker Elvis Dumervil to a five-year, $35m contract that will help the Super Bowl champions rebuild their depleted defence.
The Ravens took advantage of the strange circumstances surrounding the release of Dumervil from the Denver Broncos.
The 29 year old looked set to a a contract restructure with Denver, but a late fax by his agent forced the Broncos to release the stud linebacker, and made him a free agent.
This blunder enabled Dumervil to test the free agent market, as he could command the a higher salary than that he would have been paid in Denver.
In the first year of his contract, the pass rusher will earn $8.5m, $1m in base salary and $7.5m as a signing bonus.
The Ravens are in desperate need of a linebacker such as Dumervil, especially after Paul Kruger left the team to join Cleveland via free agency.
With Dumervil partnering Terrell Suggs as the outside linebackers, general manager Ozzie Newsome can now focus his attention on drafting interior defensive lineman, as the team look to rebuild a defence that has lost six of it’s starters from last season.
While this may be a re-building year for Baltimore, signing Elvis Dumervil is a great piece of buisness by Newsome, as the Ravens will look to make another push for a super Bowl ring in a few seasons time.