Posted Sat Mar 9th by Jon Heath
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.
— Jon Heath (@JHeath_DEN) March 9, 2013
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.