The Broncos and Elvis Dumervil's new agent, Tom Condon, recently appealed to the league office to have the defensive end's reworked three-year, $30M contract recognized. As anyone familiar with how the Ginger Hammer operates might expect, the NFL turned down the request.
But as Mike Klis suggests, honoring the verbal agreement between Denver and Dumervil would set a precedent the league would like end up regretting.
Klis says the Ravens - whose linebackers coach is Don Martindale, the former Broncos LB coach (2009) and DC (2010) - have already been discussing contract parameters with Condon for Dumervil's services.
But as Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun reiterates, the Ravens don't have a whole lot in the way of cap room, which has led to them losing several key figures from their SB-winning team.
Martindale was Dumervil's position coach when Elvis set a then-Broncos single-season record with 17 sacks in 2009.
Back to Klis's story, he says the Broncos are now viewing Falcons DE John Abraham as their fallback to re-signing Dumervil, with Dwight Freeney and Osi Umenyiora the next options after Abraham. FWIW, Umenyiora is said to be drawing interest from several teams, including Detroit and Miami.
Aaron Wilson reports that Denver and Miami had been among the teams interested in Antwan Barnes, who signed with the LOLJets today. (6:29pm ET)
An attorney for safety Quinton Carter says the safety "adamantly denies" the craps cheating allegations against his client. (6:29pm ET)
According to the Worldwide Leader, Denver currently has $8.44M in cap room.
Brandon Stokley says he'd like to continue playing, and he's staying in shape while waiting for the right opportunity to pop up.
Owner Robert Kraft claims the Pats offered Wes Welker more money than he will get in Denver, claiming that Welker's agent miscalculated the wideout's value on the open market. Think Tom Brady will be satisfied now?
Bill Barnwell blames Marty Magid for Friday's debacle, and he thinks Elvis may end up having to sign a show-me deal along the lines of the one-year, $5M signed by Michael Bennett in Seattle.
Albert Breer agrees that the market for Dumervil is drying up, if it ever would have even existed in the first place.
Meanwhile, the NFL's recent tradition of having the SB champs open the regular season at home on a Thursday night may be in jeopardy, as there's a scheduling conflict with the Orioles playing at home on the same night the Ravens would play.
The agent for Bengals CB Terrence Newman says there's a good chance his client will land with the Raiders, who signed Falcons DT Vance Walker and are reportedlly interested in TE Kellen Winslow, and how perfect a fit would that be? (6:29pm ET)
Chiefs T Branden Albert signed his franchise tender; Dallas re-signed LB Ernie Sims; Minnesota re-signed FB Jerome Felton; Cincy retained LB Rey Maualuga; Washington re-upped with former Broncos tackle Tyler Polumbus; Chargers LB Antwan Barnes is nearing a deal to join the LOLJets; New Orleans added TE Ben Watson.
Pittsburgh reportedly made a late push to sign T Jake Long before he signed with St. Louis.
Re-worked deals by WR Calvin Johnson and DT Ndamukong Suh freed up over $11M in cap room for Detroit.
Updated 6:29pm ET