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Elvis Dumervil parts with Broncos to sign with Ravens

Elvis Dumervil parts with Broncos to sign with Ravens

CNNSI.com profootballtalk.com Updated Mar 24, 2013
Elvis Dumervil is putting his seven seasons in Denver and one bizarre fax fiasco behind him after agreeing to a five-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
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  • North Carolina clamps down on agents

    North Carolina clamps down on agents

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    Burned in recent years by a failure to prevent its football players from receiving benefits from agents, the University of North Carolina has opted to place extensive and largely unprecedented restrictions on those who hope to represent Tar Heels at the…
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  • 2013 PFT mock draft, Version 1

    2013 PFT mock draft, Version 1

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    It makes no sense to do mock drafts before free agency starts, even though everyone does. It makes somewhat less nonsense to do one two weeks into free agency, but things can still change until it’s time for the first pick to be made. Then again, it arg
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  • Tim Tebow makes speech to Wichita State men’s basketball team

    Tim Tebow makes speech to Wichita State men’s basketball team

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    The Wichita State men’s basketball team upset Gonzaga on Saturday to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2006. Among those offering their congratulations to the Shockers: Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. According to USA Today’s Lindsay Jones,
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  • All Panthers’ free-agent signings have been one-year deals

    All Panthers’ free-agent signings have been one-year deals

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    To the extent that anyone believes Panthers G.M. Dave Gettleman will be looking for a new coach in 2014 if team doesn’t excel this year under Ron Rivera, the belief can be supported by one simple fact, as noted by Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer
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  • Arthur Jones thinks the Ravens are “a dream team in the making”…

    Arthur Jones thinks the Ravens are “a dream team in the making”

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    The last time a player gave his team the “Dream Team” label, it didn’t work out well. But Ravens defensive lineman Arthur Jones isn’t worried about that. Asked about the Ravens’ acquisition of Elvis Dumervil, Jones echoed Vince Young’s infamou
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  • Report: Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has a torn rotat…

    Report: Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has a torn rotator cuff

    When the Seattle Seahawks signed free agent defensive end Michael Bennett to a one-year deal worth around $5 million, most assumed the bargain signing was due to a depressed free agent market that has been downright brutal on cornerbacks, defensive tack…
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  • Mercury Morris rooting for Heat, says there’s work left to do

    Mercury Morris rooting for Heat, says there’s work left to do

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    The Miami Heat, who haven’t lost since before Super Bowl XLVII, are drawing ever closer to the Los Angeles Lakers’ record 33-game winning streak. Recently, Heat star LeBron James, in talking about the mutual respect between some of the members of that
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  • Dumervil deal latest Newsome masterstroke

    Dumervil deal latest Newsome masterstroke

    Although his Ravens have lost six starters on defense this offseason, GM Ozzie Newsome has done what he does best -- restock with the perfect pieces, writes Chris Burke.
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  • Ravens stumble into Kruger replacement

    Ravens stumble into Kruger replacement

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    When the Ravens lost linebacker Paul Kruger to the Browns, most shrugged and presumed that Baltimore believes 2013 second-rounder Courtney Upshaw is ready. Indeed, the team’s website trumpeted Upshaw’s ability to become a pass rusher in the wake of Kr
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  • Pumping up cap helps players who endured lockout

    Pumping up cap helps players who endured lockout

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    Since the new labor deal became official in August 2011, the NFLPA has attempted to increase the team-by-team salary cap now, even if it means borrowing against future cap increases in order to make it happen. And that effort comes from a fairly basic m…
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  • Ed Reed takes out full-page ad in the Baltimore Sun to thank Ra…

    Ed Reed takes out full-page ad in the Baltimore Sun to thank Ravens fans

    The Baltimore Ravens have been in existence since just 1996, but it's safe to say that if the franchise lasts another 100 years, safety Ed Reed will still be one of the few greatest players in the team's history. Reed signed a three-year contract with t…
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  • Bears add another linebacker not named Urlacher

    Bears add another linebacker not named Urlacher

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    With the Bears losing linebacker Nick Roach in free agency and declaring that they won’t be bringing back linebacker Brian Urlacher, the Monsters of the Midway need some men for the middle level of their defense. Two days after adding D.J. Williams, the
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  • Haslam tries to manage expectations

    Haslam tries to manage expectations

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    It’s always important for football teams to manage the expectations of their fan bases. In Cleveland, where 14 seasons since the return of the Browns have largely featured failure, the glass continuously is perceived as half empty. New owner Jimmy Hasla
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  • Dez Bryant: ‘Here’s all you need to know: I’m done with domesti…

    Dez Bryant: ‘Here’s all you need to know: I’m done with domestic abuse’

    yahoo.com Mar 24, 2013
    Dez Bryant made a surprise appearance at a "Men Against Abuse" rally in Dallas on Saturday and said he was done with domestic abuse during an impromptu speech. The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver made headlines last July when he was arrested on c…
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  • Bucs hope to wipe out opponents’ big pass plays

    Bucs hope to wipe out opponents’ big pass plays

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    The Buccaneers struggled last year on defense, especially in the secondary. And, as Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times explains it, coach Greg Schiano takes that personally. Schiano got his NFL start as the defensive backs coach in Chicago, but in his f…
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  • Will Allen, Justin Durant to visit Cowboys

    Will Allen, Justin Durant to visit Cowboys

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    We’re through a couple of weeks of free agency and that means that the market of available players has thinned to the point where cost-conscious teams can start shopping for veteran help at low prices. The Cowboys are going to be doing just that this we
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  • Tim Brown has some ideas about Dez Bryant, Miles Austin injurie…

    Tim Brown has some ideas about Dez Bryant, Miles Austin injuries

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    With Bill Callahan as their new offensive coordinator, the Cowboys won’t be inviting former Raiders receiver Tim Brown to practice any time soon. But in case anyone is interested in hearing what he thinks, Brown has some ideas about how Cowboys receiver
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  • Torrey Smith: In Ozzie Newsome we trust

    Torrey Smith: In Ozzie Newsome we trust

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    The Ravens have said goodbye to a lot of key players from their Super Bowl-winning team, decisions that have left some questioning General Manager Ozzie Newsome’s plan. Wide receiver Torrey Smith is not one of them. While Smith realizes what Anquan Bold
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  • TE Davis dines with Bills officials, source says

    TE Davis dines with Bills officials, source says

    Free-agent tight end Fred Davis dined Saturday night in Washington with Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone, general manager Buddy Nix and other team officials, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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  • Charlotte plans to keep pushing for state money for stadium

    Charlotte plans to keep pushing for state money for stadium

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    North Carolina’s governor has said that state money won’t be made available for proposed renovations to Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers. But that won’t stop folks in Charlotte from asking. According to Steve Harrison of the Ch
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  • New England Patriots, Sebastian Vollmer agree to terms on new c…

    New England Patriots, Sebastian Vollmer agree to terms on new contract

    One of the top right tackles in the National Football League is staying put, as Field Yates of ESPN Boston reports that Sebastian Vollmer has agreed to terms with the New England Patriots. Terms of the new contract were not disclosed. Vollmer has starte…
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  • Marshawn Lynch makes surprise appearance at Cal spring game

    Marshawn Lynch makes surprise appearance at Cal spring game

    There was a familiar sight at Cal’s spring game on Saturday. A running back wearing No. 10 went around the right side of the line and sprinted 22 yards for a touchdown, calling to mind memories of when Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch wore that numb
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  • Landry Jones will visit the Bills

    Landry Jones will visit the Bills

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    The Bills haven’t been shy about their desire to find a quarterback to build their offense around and they aren’t being shy about kicking the tires of candidates for the job. On the heels of word that E.J. Manuel of Florida State and Geno Smith of Wes
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  • Bryan Thomas thinking about retirement

    Bryan Thomas thinking about retirement

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    Bryan Thomas said near the end of the 2012 season that he wasn’t thinking about retiring, but injury news has caused the linebacker to entertain thoughts about calling it quits. Thomas played through a torn pectoral muscle for the Jets in the second hal
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  • Report: Raiders interested in Mike Jenkins

    Report: Raiders interested in Mike Jenkins

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    There hasn’t been much of a market for cornerback Mike Jenkins‘ services since free agency opened, but that could be changing. Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com reports that the Raiders have interest in Jenkins, who will almost certainly not be returni
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  • Anthony Adams announces retirement in entertaining fashion

    Anthony Adams announces retirement in entertaining fashion

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    Defensive tackle Anthony Adams was never a Pro Bowler, but his retirement announcement is still one of the more memorable ones we’ve come across. Adams, who played nine years in the NFL after the 49ers made him a second-round pick in 2003, made a YouTub
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  • Sunday morning one-liners

    Sunday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    The Bills have not started talking contract extension with C Eric Wood. Are the Dolphins going down the same path they did in 2010? Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com thinks the Patriots didn’t want RB Danny Woodhead at the price he got from the Chargers. Jet
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  • Titans think Locker can run read option, but injuries are a con…

    Titans think Locker can run read option, but injuries are a concern

    profootballtalk.com Mar 24, 2013
    Titans running back Jake Locker is a good athlete who ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine two years ago, and the Titans think he’s capable of being the same kind of threat with his legs as a couple of other fast quarterbacks who were
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  • Miami Heat winning streak latest evidence LeBron James is best …

    Miami Heat winning streak latest evidence LeBron James is best athlete to watch in all sports

    nydailynews.com Mar 24, 2013
    We all know by now that LeBron James is the current MVP of all our professional sports, and the biggest star we’ve got, not even the big-name quarterbacks of the NFL in the conversation with him. Baseball? You tell me who’s the biggest star right now,
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  • Video - Dumervil Agrees With Ravens 01:17

    Dumervil Agrees With Ravens

    Mar 24
    Adam Schefter breaks down Elvis Dumervil's decision to sign with the Ravens.
  • Video - Vollmer To Remain With Patriots 02:53

    Vollmer To Remain With Patriots

    Mar 24
    Field Yates discusses Sebastian Vollmer's new contract with the Patriots.
  • Video - Parting Shot: Ravens Open On The Road 00:54

    Parting Shot: Ravens Open On The Road

    Mar 24
    John Saunders discusses why the Baltimore Ravens have no choice but to open their season on the road.

Sports Columnists

  • NFL mailbag - Tight salary cap squeezes loyalty

    Mar 24
    In this tight salary-cap economy, loyalty toward long-term leaders and veterans only goes to a certain limit, writes John Clayton.