Ravens' Dumervil becomes Broncos' problem

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Now that he's with the Baltimore Ravens, Pro Bowl outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil is the Denver Broncos' problem as they try to block the star pass rusher Thursday night during the NFL season-opener.

Dumervil isn't a fan of discussing the circumstances of his departure from Denver, where a fax snafu and blown deadline on a proposed restructured contract prompted the Broncos to cut him.

Dumervil fell into the Ravens' laps via a $35 million maximum value deal signed in March.

"Elvis is a pretty relaxed guy," outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "He's been watching the playoff game since he got here because they were our first game, and I think he's going to be calm. But when that ball's kicked off, once it is kicked off, he's going to be a little excited."

Named to the last three Pro Bowls, Dumervil was released so the Broncos could avoid having a $12 million base salary guaranteed.

He's content with how things worked out.

"I feel amazing," Dumervil said. "The decision was made in March. As of right now, I'm a Raven, and I feel great about that."

The Ravens are thrilled to have Dumervil as a bookend pass rusher opposite Suggs, the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

"It's always nice to get a guy in there who can bring new ideas to you and new ways of doing things, and Elvis has certainly done that," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "He's latched on with the things we're doing, and it's been a great mesh."

The Ravens played the Broncos twice last year, losing during the regular season before winning in the AFC divisional-round in double overtime.

"We played them twice last year so there is familiarity there on both sides," Broncos coach John Fox said. "It's almost like a division team. We know them. They know us. They've changed. We've changed. I'm sure both sides will be excited."

SERIES HISTORY: 10th regular-season meeting. Ravens lead series, 5-4. Ravens won 38-35 in double-overtime playoff win last January as Justin Tucker hit a 47-yard game-winning field goal.
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