The start of NFL free agency may bring upon ugly memories for Elvis Dumervil and the Denver Broncos.
In his prime, Dumervil was one of the NFL’s top pass-rushers and a constant sack threat. The Broncos drafted Von Miller in 2011 and saw instant success after pairing him and Dumervil together.
It made sense that the Broncos would want to extend that partnership into 2013, and they planned to do so — until an embarrassing fax fiasco, one that remains a monumental lesson for NFL teams, sent Dumervil to the Baltimore Ravens.
Elvis Dumervil’s fax fiasco is an incredible story
When the spring of 2013 rolled around, Elvis Dumervil likely wished that the NFL had switched to emails instead of faxes.
The Denver Broncos asked Dumervil to take a pay cut for the 2013 season, and he would make $8 million instead of $12 million. Dumervil agreed, and he needed his agent, Marty Magid, to fax over the new deal.
According to SB Nation, this is where things became very strange. Magid rode around the Miami area trying to find a fax machine and, when the Broncos received the fax at 4:06 p.m., it was six minutes too late.
Having not obtained the fax in time, the Broncos informed the NFL that they were cutting Dumervil to avoid a massive cap charge. The Ravens soon signed the All-Pro pass-rusher to a five-year contract worth $35 million.
Dumervil’s agent later paid the price
Elvis Dumervil won in the end by signing a long-term deal with the defending Super Bowl champions, but he was far from happy.
Dumervil quickly fired Marty Magid following the disastrous set of events. In an interview with USA Today shortly after the fiasco, Magid took responsibility for what went wrong.
“It’s terrible, but [Dumervil] said he knows what happened and why it happened. 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.”
Magid told USA Today that the Broncos reached terms with Dumervil only 30 minutes before the deadline. That did not give Magid enough time to properly read the contract, sign it, and fax it over.
The NFL Players Association suspended Magid for six months and fined him $25,000 in October 2013.
Elvis Dumervil had a fine NFL career, by the way
A fax fiasco shouldn’t be what defines Elvis Dumervil’s career.
From 2006-17, Dumervil totaled 105.5 sacks and forced 23 fumbles for three teams. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Dumervil earned first-team All-Pro honors after the 2009 and 2014 seasons.
Dumervil is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2023, and it will be interesting to see if he generates a case. Several players with more sacks, including Jared Allen and John Abraham, have yet to enter The Hall despite being eligible.
DeMarcus Ware, who ranks ninth all-time with 138.5 sacks, is eligible for the first time next year.