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Avril’s deal even smaller than reported; Dumervil’s leverage shrinks more

Cliff Avril’s two-year deal with the Seahawks is worth $13 million

According to a source with knowledge of the contract details, Avril’s deal in Seattle is actually worth $13 million, with $11 million in guaranteed money and a little over $2 million available in incentives and escalators.

As part of his deal with the Seahawks, Avril received a $4.5 million signing bonus and has a $1.5 million base salary in 2013 that is fully guaranteed for a first-year cap hit of $3.75 million…

Avril is due a $7 million base salary in 2014, $5 million of which is currently guaranteed for injury only. On the fifth day of the 2014 waiver period, which begins the day after Super Bowl XLVIII, the $5 million in base salary will become fully guaranteed.

On Friday, Elvis Dumervil thought he was agreeing to a deal worth $30M over three years. At this point, he may be lucky to get a $20M contract over that same span...

Add Steelers to list of known Dumervil suitors

Ravens, Steelers interested in Elvis Dumervil, source says

The Ravens’ biggest rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, are also interested in Dumervil after cutting outside linebacker James Harrison as a salary-cap casualty prior to the free agent signing period, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Structuring a contract high enough for Dumervil could be tough for either team because of tight salary-cap situations, but teams can always make adjustments to their roster by cutting players if they need to make room for an elite player.

Yesterday, Wilson reported that Baltimore, New England, and Tennessee were interested in Elvis Dumervil. Mike Garafolo adds Houston and Detroit to that list, and continues to report that Elvis would strongly prefer to return to the Broncos.

Doom puts boot in agent’s ass

Elvis Dumervil fires agent, looking at Tom Condon to take over

Dumervil informed his agent Marty Magid on Saturday afternoon that he wants another agent to handle his next contract. Multiple NFL sources say Dumervil is leaning toward retaining super-agent Tom Condon, who represents Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning among many high-profile players….Even with the switch of agents, the Broncos’ chances of re-signing Dumervil may be long as Von Miller’s pass-rush partner may want to put this contract controversy behind him by moving on…

...The Baltimore Ravens were among those teams who have expressed interest in Dumervil. If the Broncos lose Dumervil, proven edge rushers who are still available in free agency include Osi Umenyiora, Dwight Freeney and John Abraham.

And the saga continues.  At least now you've got an idea who was right in the verbal fight between John Elway and Dumervil's agent (whatever his name was).

Klis is right in not assuming anything at this point. I'd say it's a coin flip as to whether Doom stays.  Vic Lombardi's sources think this means Doom stays.  Gary Miller's sources say the exact opposite: the Broncos are moving on.

Despite all the drama, the Broncos will be fine with or without Dumervil.  If Doom wants to join the Broncos' Super Bowl orgy, great.  If not, someone will certainly jump at the chance to rush the passer with a lead.

Donte Stallworth hospitalized with serious burns

Stallworth injured when balloon hits power lines

NFL free agent Donte Stallworth was hospitalized Saturday with serious burns after the hot air balloon carrying him and two other people crashed into power lines above South Florida, his agent said.

The 10-year NFL veteran won’t suffer any permanent damage from the accident in Homestead, said Drew Rosenhaus, Stallworth’s agent.

“He’s going to be OK. He has some burns, but he’s going to be fine,” Rosenhaus said. “He will be able to continue his NFL career. The injuries are not to the extent they will jeopardize his career.”

Latest from Klis: Elvis wants to stay in Denver

Broncos release Elvis Dumervil because new contract too late

In the meantime, Dumervil is a free agent, and Magid said his cell phone “has been blowing up” by calls from interested teams. However, two sources close to the situation said Dumervil wants to get his paperwork fiasco fixed and return to the Broncos.

This situation can be rectified, with no harm, and no foul. But you know what they say - money talks, bullshit walks.

Elway: Elvis’s salary is out of whack

Kiszla: Elvis Dumervil's clock is ticking, but Broncos aren't budging

These are the deals that wrench your gut. As an ex-player, I hate to see that. I hated to see that happen to a teammate. And I hate having to do it, in the position I’m in. But I’ve got to do what’s best for this football team.

It’s not all about dollars. But when it’s way out of whack? Then it’s so out of whack that you’ve got to say: That (salary) can’t be it. Especially when you look at the market and what’s out there now. It’s so far out of whack. Hopefully, he realizes that.

Daaaamn. John Elway was a cold-blooded killer on the field, and he's apparently a cold-blooded killer as an exec. The Duke is not messing around, and I love it.

Quinton Carter may have crapped out

Broncos safety Quinton Carter facing Vegas cheating case

Denver Broncos safety Quinton Carter is facing felony charges following his arrest last weekend on allegations that he cheated at a Las Vegas casino craps game. Carter was arrested late Saturday at the Palace Station after officials reported he added money to his bets after the dice had already rolled.

Carter was charged with three counts of fraudulent act in a gaming establishment. Each charge carries a possible six-year prison sentence.

Not sure where cheating at craps ranks in terms of cosmic badness, but the law apparently doesn't think very highly of it.

The tears from New England have started flowing

Welker's Gone. Now What?

Back when we were all projecting various landing spots for Wes Welker should he ultimately decide to leave the New England Patriots, there were a number of differing opinions. Some saw him in Tampa Bay. Others saw him with the Chiefs. A few even figured he would end up back in Miami with the Dolphins. And while we didn’t all agree on where Welker might eventually end up, we did all agree on one thing:

Wes Welker to the Denver Broncos is the absolute worst thing that could possibly happen.
This blows. This just blows.

My man is having a WAAHmburger with some french cries.  I'd be pissed too, if I were him.  WELKAH!!!!  It's not FAY-UH!!!!

I cannot wait to see what Tommy from Quinzee has to say about this.

H/T Charles Burnett

Prank call reveals obvious: franchise quarterbacks matter

Pranksters Record Two NFL GMs Discussing Free Agency Over The Phone

On Friday afternoon, Buffalo GM Buddy Nix and Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik shot the shit for about six minutes. They talked about their impending free agents, their frustration with a new three-day negotiating window, and the major handicap of not having a franchise quarterback. They had no idea that a pair of pranksters had set the whole chat up, or that those pranksters were still on the line, listening in…

...The two acknowledge how many problems can be solved just by having a dependable QB. “If you get one, everything’s easy,” Nix says. As director of player personnel for the Chargers, he recalls having Drew Brees and Philip Rivers. In the draft, you can “take the best on the board. Don’t worry about it.“Dominik recalls telling Colts GM Ryan Grigson, “Look, you got the best gig in the National Football League. I mean, you got a quarterback the first pick, you’re a genius for 10 years now.”

Forget for a moment the fact that this call was set up by pranksters.  Focus on what's important: the QB discussion.

In today's NFL, quarterbacks make or break an entire organization.  For all of the mental masturbation we go through during free agency and the draft, the undeniable truth is that the Broncos have Peyton Manning.  As Nix states, everything else is pretty damn easy.

Which, of course, makes it much harder for everyone else.

Carolina Liar

Leaked NFL Documents: While Owner Cried Hardship, Carolina Panthers Had $112 Million Profit Over Two Years

In 2010 and 2011, as the NFL prepared for and staged a lockout of its players, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was among the hardest of the hardliners, urging his fellow owners to “take back our league” by demanding a more management-friendly collective-bargaining agreement. Meanwhile, according to an audited financial statement obtained by Deadspin, Richardson’s Panthers were making more than $100 million in profit over the fiscal years covering those two seasons.

...In one memorable press conference before the work stoppage, Richardson…drew a crude pie chart that showed the players swallowing up a preponderance of league revenue. “I don’t think many business schools would say that’s a model that’s going to sustain itself,” Richardson said, claiming that team owners had “a negative cash flow of $200 million.”

“These franchises are a license to print money,” says Dennis Howard, a business professor at the University of Oregon, who looked over the Panthers’ financial statement at Deadspin’s request.

...Last fall, the team began drawing up plans for renovating Bank of America Stadium, which was built largely with Richardson’s money and which opened in 1996. The Panthers figured renovations would cost $300 million, $200 million of which, they’d hoped, would come out of the public till. Charlotte has been eager to help, to the tune of $144 million.

“Based on the team’s financial condition, there is absolutely no justification for such a large public subsidy,” Howard writes in an email. The financials “show unequivocally that the team has the capacity to finance the improvements on its own. The team could easily pledge a portion of the anticipated increase in TV revenues to finance the debt service for the improvements.”

Debt service?  Please.  Why pay debt service when you can simply guilt/threaten/bully/goad the taxpayers into giving you a grant? Welfare queens aren't stupid.  They know where the money is.