Elvis Dumervil Should Pass on Miami Dolphins

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2013

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 08:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers loses the ball against Elvis Dumervil #92 of the Denver Broncos during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil has plenty of NFL teams to choose from, so he should pass on the Miami Dolphins.

Mike Klis of The Denver Post tweeted on Friday that the Dolphins are interested in the free agent. 

Dumervil was cut by the Denver Broncos after a weird mishap with his agent, and he should be looking to go somewhere that is on the verge of a championship.

The Dolphins made a big splash by signing wide receiver Mike Wallace earlier this month, but they aren't close to a title. They have some talent on both sides of the football, but they are still a long way from making a run at the whole thing.

With the New England Patriots controlling the AFC East, the Dolphins need to focus on building through the draft. They lost running back Reggie Bush to the Detroit Lions and corner Sean Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs

Ryan Tannehill still needs to grow as a quarterback, and he now has some weapons to work with. 

On the defensive side, Cameron Wake is a stud.

His 15 sacks were easily the most on the team, so Dumervil would have somebody to help him out on the line. The loss of Smith, though, will make it harder on the lineman, so this isn't the best situation for Dumervil.

Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reported that the lineman has offers from the Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens. Either of those options would be better than heading to Miami.

The Broncos are already eating money from Dumervil's previous contract, so they may be reluctant to give him what he wants. The 29-year-old was willing to take a pay cut, so it looks like he is willing to take less in order to stay in Denver.

Unfortunately for the free agent, he didn't agree to a pay cut in time and now has to find a new contract.

Baltimore is an interesting fit. The Ravens have lost Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Paul Kruger, Bernard Pollard, Dannell Ellerbe and Cary Williams this offseason. However, they still have stars like Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata. 

Suggs, the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, should be healthy entering next season. A trio of Suggs, Ngata and Dumervil would still keep the Ravens near the top of the AFC North, despite all of the losses.

Dumervil's 11 sacks in 2012 were the second most on the team, and his six forced fumbles were tied for the most. Von Miller was the only player on the Broncos with better numbers.

The biggest issue with picking either the Broncos or the Ravens would be money.

As mentioned above, Denver will be looking to get him at an even bigger discount. Baltimore doesn't have a lot of money to spend either. Miami could offer him the most money, so he would have a tough decision to make.

Playing with Miller or Suggs would be a nightmare for opposing teams. Wake is a very good player, but he is not on the level of those two players. Also, those rosters are much better than Miami's.

He could chase the money, or he could go somewhere that has a chance to win the Super Bowl. The Miami Dolphins could compete for second place in the AFC East, but they don't give Dumervil the best chance to succeed.


*All stats are from ESPN.com