Ravens Hope To Overcome Loss Of LB Paul Kruger By Signing Former Broncos LB Elvis Dumervil

The Baltimore Ravens have suffered quite a few losses on the defensive side of the ball so far this offseason, but on Sunday, they filled one of their holes when they came to terms with former Denver Broncos linebacker Elvis Dumervil on a five-year contract.

Dumervil, who had initially agreed to take a pay cut with the Broncos, was released by the team that drafted him over a week ago after his agent failed to get the paperwork back to Denver by the agreed-upon deadline.

So far this offseason, the Ravens have lost linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe, along with safety Ed Reed and cornerback Cary Williams to other teams during the first few weeks of free agency. In addition to those losses, the Ravens traded away wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers and saw both linebacker Ray Lewis and center Matt Birk retire. The signing of Dumervil on Sunday will help fill at least help fill the void left by Kruger, who signed with the Cleveland Browns.

During his six seasons with the Broncos, Dumervil had 63.5 sacks and 16 forced fumbles. He also made the Pro Bowl three times.

With Dumervil coming to Baltimore, he will be reunited with linebackers coach Don Martindale, who was with the Broncos during Dumervil\’s breakout season in 2009. It is speculated by Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun that Dumervil might rotate with second-year linebacker Courtney Upshaw in 2013, with the former Bronco seeing most of his action on passing downs.

According to several media reports, Dumervil will get a $7.5 million signing bonus and a first-year base salary of $1 million. That would make his 2013 cap hit only $2.5 million, if those numbers hold true.

It had been reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers had an interest in Dumervil following his release from the Broncos, but due to the current salary cap situation in Pittsburgh, those reports were likely not true.

  • dgh57

    I kinda figured this would happen if we didn’t sign him!! They lost 3 LBs so they were probably favored to land him.

  • hergieburbur

    There was never a chance that we would sign him.

  • zipposteelers

    Maybe Dumervil would rather take the best chance of winning. he knows the rats lost reed and lewis, boldin etc..

  • Tom

    Pretty shrewd move by the Ratbirds. Dummervil is an upgrade over Kruger, at a lower price.

  • hergieburbur

    Denver has a better chance of winning than the Ravens.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    In a weird way this might be a good thing. Barring injury, Denver will be better than the Baltimore this year. I’d rather he sign with the Ravens and weaken the Broncos defense, because I think (for the Steelers) Flacco and the Ravens are more beatable than Peyton and the Broncos. I like that the Pats (Welker) Ravens (Boldin, Ellerbe) and Broncos (Dumervil) have all had key losses to go along with ours.

    This signing also uses up a significant amount of future cap space for a player that is getting older. It’s not like Dumervil gave them a discount. And if he gets injured, that leaves the Ravens with minimal pass rush depth to go along with their already depleted ILB’s and secondary.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    PS – Dave. If you get bored this might be an interesting time to re-evaluate the Ravens future salary cap. 🙂

  • BoomDizzle

    The Ravens just upgraded at the OLB position. Their pass rusher will be better next year. The Steelers have not upgraded anywhere this offseason.

  • LucasY59

    at least it should make the ravens get one less comp pick next year.

    oh damn he was cut so It won’t make a difference with the comp picks. right?

  • hergieburbur

    I think it doesn’t for the Broncos, but does for the Ravens. For them he is still a FA signing as far as I know.

  • dgh57

    I rarely write anything in stone no matter the odds until it’s written in stone! His signing with the Ravens writes it in stone. I wasn’t looking for us to sign him.

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  • mokhkw

    Didn’t think this had any chance of happening tbh.

    Suggs just called the signing “the making of a dream team”….they’re doomed eg. Eagles now. 🙂

  • TheBlitz

    I totally disagree with your assessment.
    Their pass rush will be absolutely insane if those guys play to their potential!

    Ngata, Suggs, Canty and Dumervil will give any O-line major headache. If you add to that already complex equation guys like Jones, Spears, McPhee and Upshaw in the mix, you get a pretty fearsome D-line.

    That was a big move by Baltimore. That was a major upgrade on their D-line and I can only hope our O-line is ready for the challenge.

  • Nolrog

    The Ravens parted ways with quite a number of players instead of trying to keep that SB team together. Even though Flacco ate a huge chunk of free cap (HA HA HA HA) that still gave them the ability to make other moves.
    The Steelers, on the other hand, kept restructuring contracts to keep that SB team together, and as a result, we’re in perennial cap hell.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Thats what bothers me the ravens were in basically the same position we are with the lost of a lot of key players and cap problems but yet they sign game changing players and we sign or should I say re-sign bums that we didn’t even want the first place I don’t think it has anything to do with the Steelers being able to get bargain deals done I think it has something to do with the Steelers being cheap as hell

  • rizzo29

    In other words Gradkowski better be ready, I think Ben,s in for a lot of pain

  • steeltown

    I saw this coming. They lost or released so many players an upgrade was bound to happen at some point. They had the room to make splash in FA

    I think we need to re-sign Max for another year, we’ll need the depth and his experience

  • RW

    Except at backup QB. Literally anyone was better than Leftwich, so that’s not saying much, though…

  • Matt Lipner

    You do realize the Steelers spend the maximum on player salaries every single year? And have one of the highest paid coaches? And by all accounts have excellent facilities and treat their players very well? It could be argued that they have mismanaged some money recently, but no one could call them cheap after looking around our division (Bengals and Browns)

  • LucasY59

    you are probably right, I was kinda thinking the same. if thats the case I hope that Gay and Spaeth dont do much next season except sit on the bench. (they probably wont impact much anyway, but I really hope the comp picks for losing Lewis, Wallace and Mendenhall are the best possible 3rd/4th/5th or maybe even two 3rd rounders)

  • LucasY59

    Ha, more like a consolation prize for dismantling a super bowl team. not suprised, most of the time Suggs opens his big mouth something dumb comes out. “dream team” that has as good chance of losing more games than the Eagles this season

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Absolutely insane huh? That’s why so many other teams were pounding down Dumervil’s door when he got released? Oh, wait. No they weren’t. Dumervil was so good, Denver was ready to cut him (had he not agreed to reduce his salary). Then when he got released due to the mysterious fax error, all those other teams (with more cap room) who desperately need pass rushers were chomping at the bit to sign him, right? Actually none of them showed much interest. Even our beloved Steelers. Doesn’t that seem odd to you?

    The reality is, Dumervil is still a solid OLB but he is on the decline. His best years are behind him. Look at the difference a year can make with Harrison. Or even Lamarr Woodley. When you lose that burst of power and speed it usually doesn’t come back. Especially after 30 years old.

    Last year our OL was pretty banged up (no DeCastro or Gilbert) and yet we held Suggs to 0 sacks in game one and 0 sacks in game two. Ngata had 1 sack in game one and 0 sacks in game two. McPhee had 0 sacks in game one and 0 sacks in game two. Upshaw had 0 sacks in game one and 0 sacks in game two. The only Raven who got to the QB was Kruger and he’s gone now. So you’re telling me that by adding a declining Dumervil their pass rush is going to be absolutely insane? Put the crack pipe down and take a deep breath my friend.

    We will be lining up with DeCastro/Pouncey/Foster on the interior. They will protect Ben up the middle. Our tackles are young and a bit raw but they are improving. If they need help we’ll just go double TE sets (to chip block on Suggs and Dumervil). Who will be covering the middle of the field for the Ravens when that happens? No Reed, no Pollard, no Lewis, no Ellerbe. And by the way, it won’t be Charlie Batch looking down the barrel it will be our 2 time Super Bowl winning QB who is 9-4 lifetime against the Ravens.

    Barring major injuries, I believe Denver will be better than Baltimore this year and a weaker Denver squad will be better for us come playoff time. I also believe the Steelers will sweep the Dumervil-led Ravens as long as we stay healthy. But I guess we shall see…

  • TheBlitz

    I like how you brought up those stats and conveniently omitted to mention that Ngata and Suggs were not healthy the entire season or were coming off serious injury. And unlike you, I wasn’t entirely limiting my argument to the Steelers.

    But hey listen, we can agree to disagree.

  • hergieburbur

    Spaeth had like 6 catches last year. He is a situational blocker, so I think you get your wish there. With Lewis departing, I expect Gay to see significant time as the nickel CB though.

  • dumer`vil…

    git`in his [x`lb]…’coach’ back…
    sealed the ddd`deal ‘people’!?!


  • StarSpangledSteeler

    In fairness, you did say “if they (Ravens) play to their potential”. If we assume that means all of their pass rushers come into camp in the best shape of their lives and stay that way the entire year, then yes, that will probably result in improved performance for the Ravens. I just feel like the chances of them playing about the same as last year is greater than the chance of them playing insanely better.

    By the same token, what happens if the Steelers play to their full potential? What happens if our young OT’s improve in their strength and technique? They are both 2nd round talents. I’m anxious to see.

    I appreciate your differing point of view on this one. Good debate.