March 27, 2013 in Sports

No animosity as Dumervil joins Ravens

Associated Press

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Elvis Dumervil has nothing bad to say about his time in Denver. He even considered staying with the Broncos after a fax snafu made him a free agent.

When it came time to choose his future in the NFL, however, the three-time Pro Bowl defensive end decided it was best to play for a winner in a different city.

Dumervil passed his physical and signed a five-year contract with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. Wearing a checkered shirt and a broad grin, the 6-foot, 260-pounder fondly looked back on his time in Denver and eagerly spoke about the next, maybe final, stage of his NFL career.

“Sometimes you have to make a decision. You pray about it,” Dumervil said. “At the end of the day there was no ill will or hard feelings. I just felt it was a time to change scenery.”

The 29-year-old Dumervil became a free agent after his representative, whom was subsequently fired, was late in delivering the paperwork accepting a reduction in salary from Denver. So the Broncos had to release him, and after weighing offers from Denver and Baltimore, Dumervil picked the Ravens.

Around the league

The Green Bay Packers opted to pay tight end Jermichael Finley a $3 million roster bonus rather than cut him on Monday…. The New England Patriots have re-signed starting offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer. … The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent tackle Alex Barron to a contract. He was a first-round pick by St. Louis in 2005.

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