Broncos’ Dumervil signs one-year, $3 million tender |

Broncos’ Dumervil signs one-year, $3 million tender

Mike Klis
The Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado
Denver Broncos line backer Elvis Dumervil sacks the New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning knocking the ball loose forcing Manning to fumble during the fourth quarter of play Thursday Nov. 26, 2009 at Invesco Field at Mile High. HYOUNG CHANG/ THE DENVER POST

Along with his uncanny ability to sack the quarterback, Broncos outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil understands $3.168 million is a much better contract starting point than $630,000.

Dumervil signed his first- and third-round, restricted free agent tender around noon today, assuring that he would make a $3.168 million salary. Had he not signed his tender in protest of not getting a multiyear contract from the team, Dumervil’s salary could have been reduced to 10 percent above what he made last year, which would have come out to roughly $630,000.

After leading the NFL with 17 sacks last year, and recording 43 sacks in four years while making a combined $2.015 million, Dumervil is hoping to become among the league’s five highest-paid pass rushers. That means a contract of around $40 million in guarantees. The Broncos and Dumervil’s agent Gary Wichard continue to negotiate a new deal.

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