By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
10:06 PM EDT, March 21, 2013
The Ravens defeated the Denver Broncos in the AFC divisional round in overtime on their march to the Super Bowl XLVII title.
Now, the two teams are competing for a prize free agent: Pro Bowl pass rusher Elvis Dumervil.
The Ravens and Broncos are both making strong financial bids to try to land Dumervil, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.
Both teams have made contract offers to Dumervil, per sources. No visit has been scheduled for Dumervil with the Ravens at this time.
Dumervil was cut by the Broncos when a fax debacle unfolded with late-arriving paperwork prompting Denver to release him rather than pay him $12 million guaranteed for the 2013 fiscal year.
Despite the dead money situation, the Broncos want Dumervil back and have submitted a contract offer to him that he hasn't accepted.
The Ravens want to add a pass rusher to work in tandem with former NFL Defensive Player of the Year outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, and Dumervil is at the top of their list, sources say.
Dumervil, 29, finished second on the Broncos last season with 11 sacks behind Pro Bowl outside linebacker Von Miller.
Dumervil is a compact, relentless pass rusher who has a good spin move and diverse repertoire of moves to get to the quarterback.
He led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2009 when he was coached by Ravens linebackers coach Don "Wink" Martindale.
Martindale has vouched for Dumervil's skills, work ethic and character to team officials, who would like to continue an effort to overhaul the front seven. The Ravens have previousy added defensive linemen Chris Canty and Marcus Spears via three-year, $8 million and two-year, $3.55 million contracts, respectively.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome immediately reached out to Dumervil's former agent, Marty Magid, to try to schedule a visit after the Broncos released the Pro Bowl defender rather than pay him a $12 million fully guaranteed salary for this year when a late fax scuttled a potential contract adjustment.
Dumervil hired new new representation, Tom Condon and Ben Dogra of megafirm CAA after firing Magid, who represents Ravens running back Bernard Pierce.
The Ravens aren't in contract discussions with free agent offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, according to a league source. McKinnie is talking with a few other NFL teams, but nothing concrete has developed for the former Pro Bowl blocker yet.