Free-agent defensive end Elvis Dumervil has decided to sign with the Baltimore Ravens. Rather than return to the Denver Broncos, Dumervil has agreed to a five-year contract with the defending Super Bowl champions. ESPN's Adam Schefter has the details on Dumervil's deal.
Ravens are giving former Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil a five-year deal worth up to $35 million, including $8.5 million in year one.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 24, 2013
After Dumervil was released by the Broncos following a paperwork mix-up, the Detroit Lions were named as one of the teams with interest in him. It seemed a little hard to believe that the Lions actually had a shot at signing him given his price tag, and in the end he did get a pretty big pay day.
In any case, Dumervil is now off the market. Osi Umenyiora is also off the market with him deciding to join the Atlanta Falcons. This means that the list of veteran defensive ends is starting to thin out a bit. If the Lions are interested in pursuing someone like Dwight Freeney or John Abraham, they will likely have to move quickly. Then again, if the Lions did have interest in either player, chances are word would have leaked out by now.