Time right for Ravens to add Dumervil

Time right for Ravens to add Dumervil
March 24, 2013, 6:15 pm
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The Ravens’ acquisition of pass-rushing maestro Elvis Dumervil apparently fits the Ozzie Newsome credo of “right player, right price.” It’s not that the price is cheap by any stretch — a free-agent contract worth a reported $35 million over five years — but Dumervil is definitely the right kind of player for the Ravens to be adding now.

What makes him so right as an addition is the Ravens’ subtractions on defense.

With the retirement of Ray Lewis, the release of Bernard Pollard and the free-agent departures of Ed Reed and Dannell Ellerbe, the Ravens will have new starters at inside linebackers and both safety positions. They also will be integrating two members of the defensive line, Chris Canty and Marcus Spears.

There are bound to be growing pains and adjustments. But one of the things that covers a multitude of sins for a defense is pressure on the quarterback. With Terrell Suggs on one side — and keep in mind this will be a Terrell Suggs even further removed from his torn Achilles tendon — and Dumervil on the other, the Ravens should be able to get after opposing passers as well as anyone else in the NFL. And if a QB is busy trying not to end up in Suggsvil, he’s going to have a hard time finding that open spot in the secondary inadvertently left open because of missed communication between new teammates.

So Dumervil definitely feels like the right player right now.