OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Elvis Dumervil says he has no hard feelings for the Denver Broncos, but left for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens because he was looking to play for another winner and a “change of scenery.”
Dumervil passed his physical and signed a five-year contract with the Ravens on Tuesday.
He said nothing bad about his former team. It's just that he was ready to leave after the fax deadline snafu that led to his release from the Broncos while attempting to negotiate his contract.
“At the end of the day, there was no ill will, there was no hard feelings,” the three-time Pro Bowl defensive end said during his introductory news conference at the Ravens’ headquarters.
“I just felt it was a time to change scenery,” Dumervil added.
Making the move wasn’t easy.
“The Denver Broncos were all I've known my entire career. So I knew the next choice I would have to make would be somewhere stable, winners, and a place that was tough and loves football,” the 6-foot, 260-pounder said.
"Going to a winning organization was important,” stressed Dumervil, a talented pass-rusher.
“It was a tough decision to me, but I knew that when I was involved in negotiations with the Baltimore Ravens that I was making a good choice,” Dumervil added.
The Ravens welcomed him after an offseason in which they lost free agents Ed Reed, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe and Cary Williams.