Broncos hoping to regain defensive end Elvis Dumervil with new offer
Denver, CO, United States (4E Sports) – The Denver Broncos have offered free agent defensive end Elvis Dumervil a contract after recently cutting him.
Dumervil was supposed to get a restructured contract with the Broncos that would have paid him $8 million in 2013.
However, his agent Marty Magid was not able to fax the paperwork until seven minutes after the NFL deadline on Friday. The Broncos were forced to cut Dumervil because they would have had to pay him $12 million in 2013 otherwise.
Dumervil fired Magid on Saturday.
“We’d like to have Elvis back,” said Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway.
He did not delve into specifics of the offer. Dumervil signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract in 2010.
Meanwhile, Magid is defending his conduct last week in representing former client Elvis Dumervil, saying that his email agreement to accept a contract offer from the Denver Broncos was sufficient under the rules of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement.
Attorney David Cornwell said Article 4, Section 5a of the CBA indicates that a team and player need only have an “agreement” on a contract. The section does not specify that the agreement has to be signed.
“At that point, the club could have notified [the] league that they had a new deal,” Cornwell wrote in a text message.
“They sent standard player contract that had inaccurate guarantee language and sent correct language at 3:40 [p.m.].”
From there, the situation unraveled to the point that when the Broncos didn’t have an executed contract faxed over by the 4 p.m. ET deadline, they felt compelled to cut Dumervil rather than risk triggering a $12 million guarantee in the original contract.
Magid is hoping to maintain his standing as a certified agent with the NFL Players Association. Furthermore, Magid wants any possible legal claims by Dumervil to be directed at the Broncos or the NFL rather than him.