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Where should Elvis Dumervil sign?
Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY Sports1p.m. EDT March 16, 2013
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Now that Elvis Dumervil is officially on the free agent market, there are plenty of teams that should be racing to the fax machine … er, the phone … to try to sign the 29-year-old former Denver Bronco.
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With 63.5 career sacks and experience in both a 4-3 and 3-4 defense, Dumervil is the best pass rusher available. But where should he land? There should be plenty of attractive options, both for Dumervil and for teams that want to add an established pass rusher.
Here are the best options:
1) Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons made two important offensive signings with re-signing Tony Gonzalez and adding running back Steven Jackson, but Atlanta still needs to make a move on defense. Dumervil could be the perfect piece to replace John Abraham, whom the Falcons cut before free agency began. Atlanta would give Dumervil the contending team he wants, and would also reunite him with Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who was the Broncos' coordinator in 2009 when Dumervil led the NFL in sacks.
2) New England Patriots: Wouldn't this just be fair after the Broncos signed former Patriots receiver Wes Welker earlier in the week? New England is clearly in the market for a pass rusher after bringing John Abraham and Dwight Freeney to Foxborough for visits on Friday. Dumervil is younger than both, and after the snafu with the Broncos, he might love the chance to play for the Patriots – Denver's top competition in the AFC.
3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs have already signed the best free agent safety in Dashon Goldson. Why not try to keep building up that defense by adding Dumervil? The Bucs have a big hole at defensive end now that Michael Bennett – who had nine sacks last year – has signed with Seattle.
4) New York Giants: Dumervil spent the last two years lined up opposite Von Miller. How much do you think he would like the chance to do the same with Jason Pierre-Paul? The Giants have been very quiet in free agency, but signing Dumervil could be just the right move to replace Osi Umenyiora, who is now a free agent.
5) Denver Broncos: As recently as a day ago, Dumervil wanted to be a Bronco, and the Broncos wanted him. It would take a leap of faith by both sides to get over hurt feelings from the fax fiasco, but if Dumervil wants to stay in Denver, the Broncos and Dumervil could make it happen. It would require some fancy finagling of the contract and cap numbers (the Broncos now have $4.8 million in dead money after releasing Dumervil on Friday), but it is not an unworkable situation. If talks were to resume, just do them in person this time.