By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
4:49 PM EDT, March 17, 2013
Former Denver Broncos star pass rusher Elvis Dumervil is expected to be in heavy demand.
The Super Bowl champion Ravens, who hope to meet with Dumervil later this week after the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, could face competition for the Pro Bowl defender from within their own division.
The Ravens' biggest rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, are also interested in Dumervil after cutting outside linebacker James Harrison as a salary-cap casualty prior to the free agent signing period, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Structuring a contract high enough for Dumervil could be tough for either team because of tight salary-cap situations, but teams can always make adjustments to their roster by cutting players if they need to make room for an elite player.
The New England Patriots and the Tennessee Titans are two other teams that have expressed interest in Dumervil since he became a free agent.
Dumervil was cut by the Broncos on Friday due to a paperwork snafu where Denver executive John Elway said that the team didn't receive a fax in time from Dumervil 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 responded by saying it was their fault for changing the terms of the deal at the 11th hour. Either way, the contract debacle unfolded and now the Broncos don't have one of their best players. They're expected to evaluate the merits of Dwight Freeney and Osi Umenyiora as well as keeping tabs on Dumervil.
After firing Magid, who has waived the five-day waiting period mandated by the NFL Players Association before allowing a player to hire new representation, Dumervil has hired Tom Condon and Ben Dogra of megafirm CAA.
Dumervil finished second on the Broncos with 11 sacks last season, ranking behind Von Miller.
The Ravens have yet to bring in Harrison for a visit, but have spoken with his agent, Bill Parise.