|NFL free agency update: Elvis Dumervil reportedly draws interest from Patriots||03.18.13 at 10:10 am ET|
Defensive end Elvis Dumervil, a free agent after administrative issues led to his release from the Broncos, reportedly is drawing interest from the Patriots. The Ravens, Steelers and Titans also are said to be interested, although Dumervil is believed to want to stay in Denver.
Any negotiations likely will be delayed, however, as Dumervil fired his agent, Marty Magid, after Magid was not able to fax Dumervil’s signed contract to the Broncos in time so the team could submit it before Friday’s 2 p.m. deadline. Dumervil initially rejected Denver’s request that he take a $4 million pay cut, but he changed his mind and the sides agreed on an $8 million deal. After some late tweaks, the final contract was sent to the agent minutes before the deadline for him to fax it to Dumervil to sign. Magid was unable to fax the signed contract back to the team in time, and the Broncos cut Dumervil in order to avoid paying him the full $12 million due on his original deal.
Magid told USA Today that Dumervil called him Saturday to say he was choosing new representation.
“It’s terrible, but he said he knows what happened and why it happened,” Magid said. “I know the people in Denver think I should be fired, but like I said [Friday], there were a lot of reasons for why it happened.”
Dumervil reportedly now will be represented by Tom Condon and Ben Dogra of CAA.
The 29-year-old has played all seven of his seasons in Denver, recording 63.5 sacks. He’s made the Pro Bowl three of the last four seasons.
• Browns free agent wide receiver/kick returner Josh Cribbs is close to a deal with the Cardinals, according to a report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The Patriots were said to have an interest in Cribbs, but they signed Seahawks free agent return specialist Leon Washington.
Cribbs, 29, has spent eight seasons in Cleveland since being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State in 2005. He’s amassed 12,169 kick and punt return yards, sixth-most in NFL history, but the Browns have made it evident that they have no interest in re-signing him.
• Former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick visited with the Bengals about serving as a backup to Andy Dalton, according to a report at bengals.com. Fitzpatrick, 30, backed up Carson Palmer in Cincinnati in 2007 and ’08 before moving to Buffalo, where he became the starter. The Harvard product was released by the Bills last week.
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