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Published on 07/22/2010 at Thu Jul 22 22:27.
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Elvis Dumervil reacts after sacking Eli Manning last season. (AP Photo/ David Zalubowski)

Elvis Dumervil reacts after sacking Eli Manning last season. (AP Photo/ David Zalubowski)

Just announced by the Denver Broncos, outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil has had his contract extended.

While the Broncos do not discuss contract terms per club policy, ProFootballTalk citing a ‘source with knowledge’ states the deal is worth $61.5 million over the next six seasons.

Dumervil is entering his fifth season and is the only player in Broncos history to lead the league in sacks.

I am pleased to announce the extension of Elvis Dumervil’s contract with the Denver Broncos,” General Manager Brian Xanders said. “He has established himself as one of the NFL’s premier pass rushers, and he’s an important part of the foundation we are building with this team. We are excited to have him as an integral part of the Broncos well into the future.

As PFT went on to point out, given the way the club has handled situations with Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, what choice did they have?

This clears the path (and Denver’s internal salary cap) for signing rookies Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas (amongst other unsigned rookies).

Here’s why– Dumervil will make the same amount of money in 2010 that he’d recently signed his tender for ($3.168 million), after that reportedly his contract gets quite bloated, emphasizing the genius of Brian Xanders

Dumervil will receive the majority of his money when the next league year starts (and not until then), where he will receive a $6 million dollar signing bonus and a $14 million dollar base salary. The money just deescalates from there, he’ll make less per year culminating in 2014 when he will receive $9 million as a base. This deal includes what PFT is reporting as $58.332 million in new money. ESPN is reporting the deal includes $41-$43 million in guaranteed money.

Usually contracts do the opposite, they’re back loaded to the point where players will never actually see the money. There are exceptions, players like Peyton Manning and Champ Bailey have played to their potential and both will realize the maximum payout of their contracts.

“We are thrilled to have agreed to terms with Elvis Dumervil on a contract extension,” Head Coach Josh McDaniels said. “Elvis is a very talented player who will help lead our defense and is also an outstanding person and teammate. The way he has handled this lengthy negotiation this offseason is a great example of the type of player and person we want on our team. We look forward to Elvis’ impact for many years to come.”

The Denver Post’s Mike Klis noted that Dumervil’s contract is an NFL record (amongst pass rushers) in guaranteed money (beating out the likes of DeMarcus Ware, Julius Peppers and Terrell Suggs).

Now there’s only a few more signings to go until camp starts in just a few short days (and possibly a few more extensions).

OTHER NOTE:

Got a minute? Check out Darrell Reid on 104.3 The Fan from yesterday’s show. He had some interesting things to say about Kyle Orton and the Broncos defense in 2009.

“I am pleased to announce the extension of Elvis Dumervil’s contract with the Denver Broncos,” General Manager Brian Xanders said. “He has established himself as one of the NFL’s premier pass rushers, and he’s an important part of the foundation we are building with this team. We are excited to have him as an integral part of the Broncos well into the future.”
  • MilehiMac

    Thats what we were waiting for. DOOM! DOOM!! DOOM!!!

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  • mikebirty

    Darrel Reid bounces off Dumerville and lands in Utah after he mistakenly bumps into Elvis' wallet. This is a create-a-caption isn't it?

  • http://nation.theorangepage.com/blog Ian Henson

    Haha! I only had a couple of pictures to choose from last season where he wasn't killing a quarterback.

    I like where you're going though.

  • NavyBSU_fan

    This is really great, and a win for the good guys of the world. Now Kuper and Doom have shown the rest of the team how to get a big payday. Come to practice, work hard, and don't make waves. Welcome to the New Broncos!

  • denverfanindallas

    awesome, great way to wake up!

  • http://www.broncotalk.net Josh Temple

    This has to be the first time I've ever seen Xanders and genius mentioned in the same sentence.

  • http://broncoszone.blogspot.com/ Jon

    This should show Cutler and Marshall that when you act professional, you get treated professional. Great move by the Broncos, congrats Doom!

  • dogheadbrew

    I'm still leery of what Doom will be for us in two or three years, but the guy has been able to beat much better nay-sayers than me. I see Cutler and Marshall as separate issues. The pay was not as much of an issue as the over all attitude. BTW they both have gotten paid, just not by us.

    The best part of this is that there is now a blue print on how to get the contract you want from this organization. Work hard, play team ball, show up and show trust in the organization, get your due.

  • http://nation.theorangepage.com/blog Ian Henson

    That's how I start every sentence.

  • http://nation.theorangepage.com/blog Ian Henson

    It also solidifies to the rest of the NFL that the Broncos are an organization that treats their players well.

  • http://nation.theorangepage.com/blog Ian Henson

    Anyone listen to the Darrell Reid interview I posted at the bottom? Part two he talks about Kyle Orton, saying that Jabar Gaffney says that Orton is so much better than Matt Cassel was when the two were in New England.

    Reid's asked about Mike Nolan and explains why he feels Denver lost so many games coming out of the Bye Week in 2009.

  • Dan

    Good deal if for $10 mil a year, we see some consistent pass coverage, pass break-ups, and occassional interceptions. These opposing team catching TEs are “F” killing us at linebacker. Hopefully, this is the year Doom puts some OLB into his DE tool box.

  • herc_rock

    I'm glad the drama is over, but $40M+ guaranteed is completely insane for this guy. I love Doom, but jesus…

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  • stav

    Wow. Never expected that grand scale of a contract. Good for him and BULLY for the Broncos. Yes they were somewhat cornered into doing something like this but it does show other players that if you go out and do your job, stay out of trouble off the field, and just be a positive representative of your squad there are rewards to follow. Here's my only question, what's Champ thinking right now? He's going to want $10+ right? And deserving? I would think so, he's still in the top 5 for NFL DB's, and I know all of us would hate to so see him leave and show up in another uniform next year. Tough spot now for us, but we've got to lock Champ up to retire as a Bronco.

  • LevonZevon

    Glad someone else said it first, Stav, herc-rock and Dan.

    I hate to rain on the good-guys parade, but so many of Doom's sacks were coverage sacks last year and not the kind of thunderous and unstoppable heat-seeking missile sacks that Freeney and Jared Allen usually provide. And, yes, the Broncos were painted into a corner with their own rhetoric about rewarding the quiet workers who simply show up and do their jobs on this one (since haggling too long would've resulted in questions about Bowlen's cash-flow and McDaniels' commitment to Shanahan-drafted players).

    With that said, not every team has those types of Allen and Freeney pass-rushing talents and perhaps Elvis's youth justifies getting more guaranteed money than a Julius Peppers does.

    But showing some progress in diagnosing screens and tackling running-backs– like traditional OLB's– will be crucial in his second year in the 3-4. We already have one-dimensional OLB's across from him in Jarvis and Robert Ayers, so the need for Safeties to cheat-up– like a decade-ago LeRoy Butler Or Atwater– will be weighing on Dawk, Hill and McBath (which will obviously make them intermittently vulnerable to being burned on play-action over the deep-middle and other calls).

    That's how football is when you have to worry about one aspect of the field (and are necessarily over-concerned with bolstering the edges of the 5-2 that Doom and Ayers pinning their ears back will create).

    Teams like the Colts had great success with running delayed dump screens to TEW Dallas Clark when he lined up like an H-back or fullback in the backfield. It lead to a key Reggie Wayne TD on the following play with 0:03 left in the first half vs Baltimore in the playoffs last season. And I can see a play like this being successful against the Broncos too, in a league where imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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