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Elvis Dumervil might get big contract after fax flap

Elvis Dumervil reportedly has drawn interest from the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers, but USA Today reported on Sunday the free agent's priority was to find a resolution allowing him to stay with the Denver Broncos.

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Now that Dumervil has a new agent in Tom Condon, however, the Denver Post has information to the contrary. The Post, citing sources close to the situation, reported on Monday that the wounds from Friday's fax fiasco "remain a bit raw," meaning if another contender offers Dumervil a similar contract, the Post believes the tie no longer would go to the Broncos.

Because Dumervil's release resulted in $4.9 million in dead money, the Broncos have plenty of cash to offer but precious little salary-cap space. If the Broncos bring him back into the fold, it likely will be via a cash-heavy signing bonus that satisfies Dumervil while spreading out the cap hit over several years.

Should Condon steer Dumvervil to another AFC contender, the Broncos likely will turn to veteran stars Dwight Freeney, Osi Umenyiora and John Abraham. Freeney, in particular, has been on Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway's radar as Dumervil's replacement since early this month.

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