Elvis Dumervil takes pay cut; stays a Denver Bronco


If this offseason wasn’t already great enough for Broncos fans, they should all be pleased when they find out Elvis Dumvervil will be coming back for another season. Many suggested Dumervil would be out of Denver when he originally said he wouldn’t take a pay cut, but according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, they have agreed to terms for him to stay in Denver.

December 2, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil (92) entering the field before the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

He signed a six year, 61.5 million dollar contract in 2010 and the Broncos decided they weren’t willing to pay all of that, which is why they asked him to stay in Denver for less money. The deal was not the smartest one that the Broncos have ever given out, and they most likely regret it nowadays as Dumervil hasn’t necessarily been worth more than ten million dollars a year since his All-Pro season in 2009.

Dumervil is the captain of the Broncos defense and one of the most effective pass rushers in the league. With Von Miller on the other side, and the Broncos defense looking more solid by the day, Dumervil should put together another good season.

There are no official words yet on what sort of salary reduction Dumervil took, but I would have to guess that him wanting to win a championship played a big role in his decision. At the end of last offseason, many doubted that Dumervil would be back, and thought the Broncos would release him. With the odds getting higher and higher that the Broncos are the favorite in the AFC for next season, you would have to think that had a big role in the decision by Dumervil.