Ravens, Dumervil agree on multiyear deal

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Elvis Dumervil and the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens agreed on Sunday to a multiyear deal.

The Denver Post first reported the deal, which is expected to be finalized Tuesday when Dumervil comes to Baltimore to take a physical and sign a contract. ESPN reports the deal is for five years, worth up to $35 million and includes $8.5 million in the first year.

"As we have from the start of this process, we worked diligently over the last week to find a way for Elvis Dumervil to remain a Denver Bronco," Broncos vice president John Elway said, according to The Denver Post. "Although we made multiple contract offers to Elvis after being forced to release him, we were unable to reach an agreement and are now moving forward without him."

Dumervil played all seven of his NFL seasons with the Broncos and is a three time Pro Bowler, earning that honor in 2009, 2001 and 2012. In 2009 he led the NFL with what was then a team record 17 sacks.

Baltimore's signing of Dumervil brings to an end the debacle over Denver's attempt to keep the free-agent defensive lineman and Dumervil's desire to stay with the Broncos.

The two sides agreed to a restructured contract, but paperwork was not filed with the league office in time, forcing Denver to release the 29-year-old Dumervil.

"Elvis was a team captain and a talented player who made a great impact during his seven seasons in Denver," Elway said. "I appreciate all of his effort on the field and the work he did in the community. I wish Elvis all the best as he continues his NFL career."

Dumervil had 11 sacks last season, and is expected to help bolster a Ravens defense that has lost Ray Lewis to retirement and a number of others to free agency.

In Baltimore's 3-4 defense, he will be expected to be paired with outside linebacker Terrell Suggs to give the Ravens one of the more dominant pass-rushing tandems.
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