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Ravens add Dumervil to their pass rush

Fax mishap allows Pro Bowler to join champs

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BALTIMORE -- An off-season of losses gave way to a big Ravens gain Sunday night as they announced an agreement in principle on a five-year deal with former Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil.

Dumervil, a three-time Pro Bowl selection who had 631/2 sacks and 16 forced fumbles in six seasons with the Broncos, will be at the Ravens' facility Tuesday to take a physical and if all goes well, to sign a contract.

"I think this move is awesome," Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs told the Baltimore Sun. "It shows we're still in the business of winning and we have the best (general manager) in the world."

Dumervil was out to dinner celebrating with his family when he was reached Sunday night, but he said, "I'm happy, I'm good."

He later tweeted his thanks to the Broncos and team owner Pat Bowlen shortly after rejecting the club's latest contract proposal.

"Can't say enough about the Broncos fans, my great teammates, equipment staff, training staff, media staff, Mr. Bowlen, Coach Fox, John Elway and the city of Denver. Its been an unforgettable 7 years. I am looking fwd to this next chapter of my career," Dumervil wrote.

Dumervil's five-year deal is for a maximum of $35 million, according to multiple reports. It includes $12 million in guaranteed money and $8.5 million for the 2013 season.

Dumervil's addition is a huge coup for the Ravens, who beat out the Broncos for arguably the top pass rusher remaining on the free-agent market. Now, Dumervil will be paired with Suggs in the Ravens' 3-4 defence, creating one of the most dangerous pass-rushing tandems in the NFL. Dumervil has averaged 121/2 sacks over the past three seasons.

"He is a phenomenal pass rusher and I have not had a chance to play alongside another dominant pass rusher," said Suggs.

On March 15, Dumervil waffled but finally agreed to reduce his 2013 salary from $12 million to $8 million in Denver as part of a renegotiated three-year, $30 million contract. But the faxed paperwork didn't reach the NFL offices in time and the Broncos were forced to release him to avoid having to pay him the full $12 million for next season.

Dumervil fired agent Marty Magid after that deadline debacle and hired agent Tom Condon.

The Broncos issued a new contract proposal to Dumervil and his new agent, but the Ravens swooped in and beat Denver for the second time this year -- they also upset the AFC's top-seeded Broncos 38-35 in double-overtime in January on their way to winning the Super Bowl.

The agreement reverses the Ravens' disappointing off-season trend of key roster losses, particularly on defence. Since winning the Super Bowl, the Ravens have lost five defensive starters.

-- Baltimore Sun with files from The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 25, 2013 C8

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