ENGLEWOOD – Brandon Marshall handled his contract displeasure one way. Elvis Dumervil is going about his contract business with an entirely different attitude.
In all likelihood, the outcome for Dumervil will be much different too.
Marshall skipped all of the Denver Broncos’ offseason activities last year, even a mandatory minicamp. When he showed up to training camp, he let it know he was there to avoid getting fined. Dumervil showed up Monday, after signing an injury waiver, and practiced with the team during the first full offseason (and voluntary) practice of the year.
Marshall was traded to Miami last month, but Dumervil seems destined for a long career as a Bronco. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels excitedly talked about how the team and Dumervil’s agent Gary Wichard have been in conversations about a long-term extension. Dumervil is a restricted free agent bound to a one-year tender of a little more than $3 million but the Broncos want to reward the outside linebacker, who led the league in sacks last year. McDaniels said about a long-term deal for Dumervil, “he deserves it.”
Dumervil, who never complained about switching positions last year and was the recipient of the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award last year for his cooperation with the media, said showing up for Monday’s voluntary practice was the right thing to do.
“I didn’t have to, but at the end of the day I’m going to be a Bronco in 2010 and I wanted to come out and support the organization and teammates and get acclimated with the new guys,” Dumervil said. “We have a couple tweaks terminology wise as far as defense so I don’t want to fall behind mentally.”
Dumervil said he is optimistic a long-term deal will get done. His teammates noticed how he has handled the situation. Linebacker Darrell Reid said on Twitter that a highlight of his day was seeing Dumervil show up for voluntary practice, and said Dumervil is “such a humble guy.” The team has noticed too.
“We appreciate the way that (Wichard) and Elvis have approached the whole situation,” McDaniels said. “It says a lot about Elvis in terms of how professional he is and his approach.”
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