Dumervil on Ravens: "I've heard nothing but great things"
If someone had sent a fax at the right time, Elvis Dumervil would still be with the Denver Broncos. But they didn't, he's not, and the Baltimore Ravens got him.
Dumervil passed his physical and signed a five-year deal with the team on Tuesday, but some of his remarking at his introductory press conference were very interesting.
Dumervil said that he expected to remain a Bronco all the way. However, that's not the way it played out.
"I never intended on leaving Denver," he said at the press conference. "Like I said, things happen. It's just the way life is. As [John Harbaugh] alluded [to] earlier, it's a business, and it happens. It's not like I'm the only person it happens to."
The entire bizarre fax situation is what opened the door to his leaving the Broncos, and Dumervil said he just tried to step back and analyze all that was going.
"A lot of things were happening that I felt were a bit shocking or surprising, but I knew all along that everything was meant to happen for a reason," he said. "I just took it all in, and just thought about it and accepted it for what it was. It’s not about what happens, it’s about how you respond; I’ve always felt. So, I’m ready to respond.”
The Ravens are hoping he does respond on the field. That mistake in Denver basically handed the Ravens one of the NFL's top pass rushers, filling a need they had for much of last year. The combination of Terrell Suggs and Dumervil is going to cause nightmares for NFL offenses and linemen for quite a while -- and it's going to help the Ravens' defense become that much stronger.