The Baltimore Ravens took a significant step in restocking their defense Sunday, agreeing to terms with former Denver Broncos defensive end/outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil.
Dumervil, 29, will be in Baltimore Tuesday to take a physical and sign the contract.
His deal, according to multiple reports, could be worth up to $35 million over five years, although he'll reportedly count just $2.5 million against the salary cap this season.
The addition of Dumervil provides a major lift to a Ravens defense that had been decimated since the end of last season and helps to offset the loss of leading sacker Paul Kruger. Kruger is one of six defensive players Baltimore has lost since the end of the season who started at least one game last year.
"Awesome awesome awesome pickup," tweeted Baltimore offensive tackle Michael Oher shortly after the Ravens announced the deal with Dumervil.
Wide receiver Torrey Smith tweeted, "Trust in Ozzie," a reference to Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.
A three-time Pro Bowler, Dumervil had 11 sacks and six forced fumbles for the Broncos last season.
Aside from a five-sack year in 2008, Dumervil has finished with no less than 9.5 sacks during any of the four NFL seasons he's played in at least 14 games.
He had a career-high 17 sacks in 2009 while working under current Ravens inside linebackers coach Don Martindale, who coached the Broncos' linebackers in 2009 before taking over as the team's defensive coordinator in 2010.
Martindale, Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh and Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs all reportedly played a large role in recruiting Dumervil to Baltimore.
And with Baltimore, Dumervil will pair with Suggs to form one of the league's most dangerous pass rushing tandems.
Since Dumervil entered the NFL in 2006, he and Suggs have combined totals of 117.5 sacks and 32 forced fumbles.
The Broncos had hoped to retain Dumervil after the well-documented fax machine snafu that led to his release earlier this month, but Dumervil ultimately chose to sign with the Ravens.
"As we have from the start of this process, we worked diligently over the last week to find a way for Elvis Dumervil to remain a Denver Bronco," Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said in a statement. "Although we made multiple contract offers to Elvis after being forced to release him, we were unable to reach an agreement and are now moving forward without him.
"Elvis was a team captain and a talented player who made a great impact during his seven seasons in Denver. I appreciate all of his effort on the field and the work he did in the community."