So, the first ball in the crowded big name DE market has dropped. Elvis Dumervil has signed with the Baltimore Ravens.
After agreeing to a restructured deal to keep the Denver Broncos under the cap, Dumervil's agent failed to submit the fax on time, forcing the Broncos to release him. This left Denver with about $4.87 million in dead money and cost Dumervil more than that. It also made him an unrestricted free-agent. While it reportedly remained his preference to stay with Denver, it would've been hard for them to give him the same money he would've made. While teams like the Patriots, Dolphins and Steelers also got in the mix, the Ravens stole Dumervil from their AFC rival and added a dangerous piece to a new look defense.
Obviously, this is a major move in the conference and it's the first domino to fall in a stacked market for defensive ends. We'll take a look at three ways this effects the AFC from a Patriots perspective.
1. Either John Abraham or Dwight Freeney will sign w...