Elvis Dumervil must feel like Rodney Dangerfield right about now: "I don't get no respect!"
The Denver Broncos' star defensive end is reportedly being asked to take a pay cut in 2013 with the threat of being cut by the team if he doesn't cooperate.
According to the Denver Post's Mike Klis:
During the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis two weeks ago, the Broncos informed Dumervil's agent, Marty Magid, that the team intended to seek a salary reduction, according to two NFL sources...If a new agreement is not reached, it's possible the Broncos could place Dumervil on the trading block, or release him.
Dumervil signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract back in 2010, the year after he racked up 17 sacks. He then promptly tore his pectoral muscle in training camp and missed the entire 2010 season.
Since then, however, Dumervil has lived up to his end of the bargain with the contract, tallying 20.5 sacks and forcing six fumbles in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He's the yin to Von Miller's yang, and should he leave the team, the Broncos will certainly feel his absence.
Making this an even more salient point, this is happening at a time while other top pass-rushers like Cliff Avril and Paul Kruger are getting ready to rake in the dough during free agency.
That isn't right.
Dumervil should call the team's bluff.
What's the worst thing that could happen? He gets cut?
There will be teams lining up across the country to sign this talented pass-rusher, should that happen.
Even if the Broncos trade him, he'll still get paid what he agreed to when he signed his contract three years ago, which is his right.
When players don't live up to high expectations, it's understandable for teams to make these kinds of demands. But for a guy like Dumervil who has done nothing to deserve such treatment, there isn't a good excuse.
The NFL is a business. Everyone gets that. But when a player is performing at such a high level, you keep paying him. That's the bottom line.
Dumervil is still only 29 years old, and he still has a lot of tread left on his tires. There's no way he should accept the Broncos reported ultimatum. He should call the team's bluff and let the chips fall where they may.
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