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Just the fax: Elvis Dumervil released by Denver Broncos

Delay in filing paperwork results in defensive end's release after agreeing to take a $4-million pay cut.

March 15, 2013|Wire reports
  • Elvis Dumervil was released by the Denver Broncos after the team failed to receive a signed copy of a new contract with the defensive end that included a $4-million pay cut before a deadline.
Elvis Dumervil was released by the Denver Broncos after the team failed… (Jack Dempsey / Associated…)

Time really is money. Nobody knows that better than Elvis Dumervil and the Denver Broncos.

Dumervil found himself out of a job and the Broncos were without their best defensive end Friday afternoon after they reached an agreement on a new contract but saw it all come undone when tardy filing of the paperwork forced Denver to release him.

A person familiar with the negotiations gave the Associated Press details about the confusion. The person did not want to be identified because the negotiations were not public.

According to that person, the day played out like this:

At 1:25 p.m., Denver time, Dumervil agreed to take a $4-million pay cut to remain with the AFC West champions for 2013.

The paperwork was ready to be signed and sent to the league. But with the clock ticking on a 1:59 deadline, the Broncos were not seeing any sign of the signed copy on their fax machine.

With no signed contract in hand as 1:59 approached, the Broncos were forced to cut Dumervil, because once the 1:59 deadline passed, they were on the hook for the $12 million they owed him in the original contract.

The team received the signed contract via fax at 2:06. That was seven minutes past the deadline and about 15 minutes later than they needed to receive it so they could review it and send it to the league.

Dumervil's agent, Marty Magid, did not return messages left by AP via text and voicemail.

Dumervil is now a free agent. Though the parties had agreed on a deal, the odds of Dumervil returning to Denver are hampered because cutting him could leave them with a salary cap hit of up to nearly $5 million.


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