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Ravens hope to meet with Elvis Dumervil, source says

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The Ravens hope to meet with former Denver Broncos star defensive end Elvis Dumervil following the league meetings this week, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

No contract negotiations have begun, but the Ravens have serious interest in Dumervil, per a source.

Other NFL teams that have expressed interest in Dumervil include the New England Patriots and the Tennessee Titans. Dumervil would play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

Dumervil was cut by the Broncos on Friday due to a paperwork mixup where Denver executive John Elway said that the team didn't receive a fax in time from the Pro Bowl pass rusher to adjust his contract down to $8 million this year.

Rather than have to fully guarantee Dumervil's $12 million base salary for the 2013 fiscal year, the Broncos released him and now have over $4 million in dead money and lost the player.

The Broncos blamed Dumervil's agent, Marty Magid, and he said it was their fault.

Dumervil is in the process of changing representation and will be hiring a new agent, according to a source close to the situation.

Dumervil could ultimately be too expensive for the Ravens, who have a tight salary-cap situation.

It's unclear how much Dumervill will be seeking, but the Cleveland Browns paid former Ravens outside linebacker $40.5 million on a five-year contract and defensive end Cliff Avril got a two-year, $15 million contract from the Seattle Seahawks.

A compact, relentless defender at 5-foot-11, 260 pounds, Dumervil finished second on the Broncos with 11 sacks last season.

He led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2009 and was signed to a six-year, $61.5 million contract negotiated by the late Gary Wichard, who also negotiated Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs' six-year, $62.5 million contract that included $38.1 million in guaranteed money.

Dumervil was paid $14 million during both the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

The Ravens have also spoken with former Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison's agent, Bill Parise. Nothing has developed yet as far as contract negotiations or a visit, according to Parise.

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