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4. Dumervil to the rescue

No man could ever plug the hole that the departure of No. 52 leaves in the Ravens' linebacker core. But on March 26, the team took a step in the right direction, signing ex-Broncos linebacker Elvis Dumervil to a five-year deal. During his six seasons in Denver, the 29-year-old outside linebacker recorded 63.5 sacks and forced fumbles, while being selected to three Pro Bowls. During the 2009 season, Dumervil recorded a league-high 17 sacks as a linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme, the same role he'll assume in Baltimore. The fact that Dumervil even ended up in Baltimore is the result of a fax machine snafu. After Dumervil agreed to Denver's request to take a $4 million dollar pay cut for the upcoming season, the edited paperwork did not get to the league offices in time to meet the deadline on March 14. Dumervil fired his agent, hired a new one, and after exploring his options, chose to come to Charm City. Thank you, fax machine. Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun photo
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