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Published on 03/09/2013 at Sat Mar 09 15:55.
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Teams are allowed to begin talking with free agents today through Tuesday, with all signings allowed to begin on the 12th.  The Denver Broncos are reportedly looking at a pair of defensive ends.

The Broncos want Elvis Dumervil to take a pay cut (he will be a $13.6 million cap hit in 2013), and if the two sides are unable to come to an agreement, the team is reportedly ready to move on from the sixth-year Pro Bowl defensive end.  Two possible replacements for Dumervil appear to be Dwight Freeney and Osi Umenyiora, who are both hitting the open market.

Freeney (6′-1″, 268 lbs.), quarterback Peyton Manning‘s former teammate, is 33 and coming off a 5-sack season.  Umenyiora (6′-3″, 255 lbs.) is 31 and coming off a 6-sack season.  Both players are older, less productive options than Dumervil (5’-11″, 260 lbs.), who recorded 11 sacks last season, but the thinking is that both would come at a cheaper price tag than the $12 million salary Dumervil is owed this season.

Two years ago, John Elway, Denver’s v.p. of football operations, offered a second round pick to the Giants in exchange for Umenyiora, but New York turned Denver down, seeking a first round pick.  With Osi now a free agent, the Broncos appear to be interested in his services once again.

  • Sage Rodriguez

    Great. For Denver’s first move, they are going to cut Doom and get Freeney, getting worse at one strength position while not filling any of their actual needs :/

  • Dan Lewis

    I think getting rid of Doom is asinine!

  • Michael Gibbons

    If we cut Doom we should make a push to sign the younger more all around Michael bennett

  • Doom92

    Yup, thats about it…

    Freeney… Talk about being inept in the running game. You are tossing away the sacks and any stoppage in the run game. Perfect!!!

  • Doom92

    See… I’m NOT the only one that gets it…

  • Doom92

    I want to be keeping Doom for sure but I wouldn’t mind adding Osi at all. Although 12 was not a great year for him, he still has game.

  • Pete Baron

    Elvis is superior to Osi in my opinion. Osi looks to have hit the running back slump… you know, as soon as you hit 30, your effectiveness and stats go way down. Osi is 31… Osi at 30 was dramatically less effective than in previous years, and Osi at 31 was even less effective than Osi at 30… Although, Osi probably commands about 1/3 to 1/2 the salary as Doom… But I think Doom is worth keeping if Osi is the replacement.

  • Pete Baron

    Elvis had an “approximate value” of 12… Osi had an AV of 3. Yes, 3. Elvis all day over Osi here in Denver.

  • Doom92

    I said add, not replace…

  • Pete Baron

    Yeah, but they play the same position. Ayers IMO is as effective as Osi would be, and Ayers is much younger.

  • Doom92

    Really they play the same position??? I didn’t know that… DA!!!! And I will disagree on that as well. Ayers isn’t effective at all and would not start any where in the league… Ayres is a strait up Bust…

  • Pete Baron

    Think so? Every time I think Ayers is a bust, he shows amazing flashes. Who knows, maybe he is the worst type of player… you know, the kind that shows you just enough to keep him, but never enough to actually help you win, thus, aiding in you losing.

  • Pete Baron

    You’re right, I’d much rather have Osi than Ayers…. lol. It must have been the beer talking. haha

  • Cheyenne Kid

    It may be moot if the team and Elvis can’t work it out. I sure hope they do because I prefer him over both of them. And if we can find a free agent or draft pick to help Wolfe create pressure up the middle,less attention can be paid to Doom.

  • Jim_Jebow

    what does this value mean?

  • Pete Baron

    It’s basically putting a singular value on a player for that season. Higher = better. Here’s a link that explains it way more than I could.

  • Jim_Jebow

    thanks that is pretty cool. PFM is 5th all time in career points. Pretty cool

  • Doom92

    I’d say flashes but not “amazing flashes”… Great assessment however, well stated.

  • Doom92

    Yeah that can happen… Hell I don’t even need beer to see through my orange goggles some times. Like my man crush on Doom…lmao!

  • Doom92

    Personally Jim I don’t think it means much… I think of it kind of like how many new teams hit the playoffs from year to year? Right a good number. I see this the same way. Any player can absolutely play better or worse from year to year, some times even to extremes. Look no farther than Kurt Warner, he was totally washed up, now he’ll be in the HofF. Just another way for some one to put, IMO, fairly meaningless numbers together…

  • areferee

    Who starts all these asinine rumors?

    I believe the only interest John Elway and the Broncos have is ramping up the pressure on Dumervil and his agent to renegotiate his contract and allow the team more cap-leverage to improve.

    I may have just answered my own question.

  • Pete Baron

    Lol. I think you just did too. Haha

  • anthony33

    Getting rid of Doom = Stupid.
    Restructuring his contract to add more talent = Smart.
    They need to get a deal some that works for both sides.