Broncos forced to release Elvis Dumervil
Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil agreed to a restructured contract, but was released because his paperwork was not filed before the deadline. Dumervil agreed to a salary reduction from$12 million to $8 million.
According to The Associated Press, the deal needed to be completed and submitted to the team by 1:59 p.m. on Friday, but it was not, so the Broncos were forced to release him.
If the Broncos didn’t release Dumervil, his $12 million would have counted against the salary cap.
NFL.com reports that one of the fax machines in the Broncos front office was malfunctioning, so they tried to get Dumervil’s agent to send the paperwork by other means, but it was all for naught.
Marty Magid, Dumervil’s agent, told USA today that the Broncos made changes to Dumervil’s contract, which was one of the factors that led to the fax being received too late, reports NBC news.
The Broncos can still re-sign Dumervil, but his old contract is completely void. He will hit the open market as a free agent.
Dumervil had 11 sacks last season, second on the team behind Von Miller.