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Elvis Is in the Building, but Is He Happy?

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It’s widely believed that because Elvis Dumervil has signed a one-year, $3.16 million contract with the Denver Broncos, his involvement with the team is a done deal.

But that’s not the case. The Broncos merely extended the time period they have to negotiate with last year’s NFL sack leader, and a very real possibility remains that Dumervil will leave the team.

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The Denver Post reports that Dumervil didn’t have much choice in signing yesterday’s deal. If he didn’t, he’d make just $630,000 this year, roughly 10 percent more than he made last season. That’s a lot of money for most of us, but not for a guy who’s in line to make roughly $40 million.

While the Broncos continue to negotiate a new contract with Dumervil’s agent, questions are beginning to arise. “Why won’t the Broncos reward Elvis Dumervil?” asks Fox 31.

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To his credit, Dumervil is taking the high road.

“Football has a business side to it, and to me there’s a fun side, which is playing football,” he tells CBS4. “That’s the side I love. As far as the business side, it is what it is. There’s nothing I could really do about it.”

Meanwhile, Kyle Orton, the team’s starting quarterback, is in a similar situation. He, too, was in line for a multi-year contract worth many millions annually, but because of the NFL’s collective-bargaining agreement with the players, he became a restricted free agent.

The distinction allowed the Broncos to low-ball Orton, and the team will pay him just $2.5 million this year, making him one of the lowest-paid established starting quarterbacks in the NFL, according to The Denver Post (registration required).

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