Originally posted on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 3/15/13
Will Dumevil be wearing orange and blue in 2013? (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez) In a matter of hours, we will know whether Elvis Dumervil will be a former member of the Denver Broncos, or a Denver Bronco for the foreseeable future. Before 1:59 p.m. MT Friday, Dumervil will either be cut or have taken a paycut. There is no third option; the team will not pay him the $12 million salary in 2013 his contract currently mandates. John Elway made that crystal clear in his latest quotes to The Denver Post: “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,” Elway told The Post. “It’s so far out of whack. Hopefully, (Dumervil) realizes that.” That’s one, two, three “out of whack”s from the team’s Executive Vice President of Football Operations. Does this just feel wrong to anyone else out there? First, let’s consider what “in whack” would be. For me, grading Elvis Dumervil, I would put him right at the cusp of the top defensive ends in the league. He’s either just barely in that top tier of defensive ends, or he’s just outside of it, but he’s definitely in the Tier One/Tier Two conversation. His biggest liability is his performance against the run, which at 5’11″ comes as no surprise. Dumervil is more a pass-rush specialist than he is an every-down lineman, but he is a leader on the team and aggressive every down he’s in the game. So let’s compare him to some of the league’s perennial best: Player 2012 Sacks 2012 Tackles 2013 salary Mario Williams  10.5  46 $14,500,000 Jared Allen  12  45 $14,280,612 Julius Peppers 11.5  39 $12,900,000 Elvis Dumervil  11  54 $12,000,000 As you can see, Dumervil’s stats are comparable. But, according to the team, a comparable salary would be “out of whack.” Finally, Mr. Kiszla’s assertion in the article that Dumervil’s market is set at around $7.5-8 million seems random and unjustified to me. How about an example of a player comparable to Dumervil making less than $10 million? That wouldn’t be out of whack for the article, would it? Was Kiszla fed that number by Elway? Is our VP taking his hard line to the press? Because there the Broncos go, taking their case to the media, questioning the legitimacy of their Pro Bowl player’s contract they themselves signed three years ago.  The Broncos are asking Dumervil to be reasonable, when really they’re the ones who won’t see reason. If Dumervil hits the market, he will command more than $7.5 million per year. The Broncos and their player should agree to something closer to $9-10 million, and also agree not to use the media to air out the team’s dirty laundry. Contract negotiations stay in-house. Mr. Elway, for all the good you did this week, it seems you are in danger of being out of whack here.
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