When the fax debacle unfolded that forced the Denver Broncos to cut star pass rusher Elvis Dumervil, the Ravens immediately made it clear that they were interested.
General manager Ozzie Newsome 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.
The Ravens remain interested in Dumervil now that he has hired new representation, Tom Condon and Ben Dogra of megafirm CAA, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.
Dumervil has yet to accept a new contract offer from the Broncos and they are making contingency plans by scheduling meetings with other pass rushers. Dwight Freeney is scheduled to begin his visit with the Broncos tonight and John Abraham is set to visit the AFC West champions on Thursday.
Meanwhile, former New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora is reportedly visiting the Atlanta Falcons, Abraham's former employer. So, the pass rusher market is starting to move a bit.
The Ravens have nearly $8 million in available salary-cap space and could conceivably structure an offer to land Dumervil. It's believed that Dumervil's preference is to remain with the Broncos, but the Ravens do have a connection to the 5-foot-11, 260-pound outside linebacker-defensive end.
When Dumervil led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2009, his position coach was Ravens linebackers coach Don "Wink" Martindale. Martindale has vouched for Dumervil's skills and work ethic.
A compact, relentless defender known for his spin move, Dumervil finished second on the Broncos with 11 sacks last season behind Pro Bowl outside linebacker Von Miller.
Dumervil 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.
Harrison would rank behind Dumervil as far as interest level from the Ravens, but the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year could be a less expensive alternative and would likely be a candidate for a one-year, incentive-laden contract.
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