Tuesday is the deadline for players to sign their tenders, before teams can lower the amount to 110 percent of the player's previous salary. For Dumervil that's the difference between $3.168 million and about $630,000. The Broncossent a letter to Dumervil on Friday telling him they would reduce his tender offer.
Dumervil is coming off a career year in which he earned his first Pro Bowl berth. He led the league in sacks with 17, and also had a career-high four forced fumbles. As a fourth-round pick in 2006, Dumervil is still working on a rookie contract that makes him one of the league's least compensated sack leaders. He is hoping to earn a lucrative long-term contract with Denver.