Elvis Dumervil and the Denver Broncos mess is one curious case that will forever be a cautionary tale for players, teams, and agents. The whole mess appears to have been the machinations of an over zealous agent gambling with his client's future and an administrator having buyer's remorse (Dumervil is one of the best; Elway just didn't want to pay him).
While Elvis did initially intend on staying with the team-and why not since the Broncos are likely going to be favored to win it all next year--it now looks like he might be okay with heading for greener pastures.
According to the rumor mill, the Broncos made a pretty low-ball offer to Elvis so now he is seriously thinking about taking his talents elsewhere.
To catch you up on the grisly details, last week Elvis and the Broncos went down to the wire with his contract re-negotiations. Elway insisted his contract was "out of whack" and Elvis-well, he believed he earned the right to get paid the way he was scheduled to be paid.
Rather than get cut he finally agreed to restructure his contract and take a cut, but it was literally at the last minute. Do to a whole host of errors the signed contract was turned in seven minutes too late. The team had no choice but cut him (or have to pay the $12 million they were trying to avoid).
Since he was cut the team was hit with just under $5 million in dead money that they had to pay Elvis anyway.
The Broncos might be trying to leverage the possibility of being able to sign some older free agents for less to knock Dumervil's price tag down. Today they were supposed to be hosting Dwight Freeney and John Abraham.
Maybe the Broncos think they will be fine with Von Miller and one of those guys rather than have two of the best young pass rushers in the game harassing quarterbacks.
There have been some other teams to show interest in Elvis, namely Baltimore, New England, Pittsburgh, and Tennessee. He will have trouble getting paid what he wants or even something comparable, but since Denver is stuck paying him just under $5 million anyway he may be willing to take less to go to another competitor and stick it to the Broncos.