Denver won't let Dumervil to simply walk away

January, 26, 2010
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One of the most closely watched players in the AFC West this offseason will be Denver linebacker Elvis Dumervil.

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Dumervil will likely be a restricted free agent and he could be one of the most pursued players in the league. Dumervil led the NFL with 17 sacks last season. He is a perfect pass-rusher in the 3-4 defense.

Dumervil is also known as a team leader and a solid citizen. He will be attractive to teams.

One team that could make a real run at him is Miami. The Dolphins’ new defensive coordinator is Mike Nolan. Dumervil had his best NFL season under Nolan in 2009. Plus, Dumervil is from Miami. He’d probably love to play for the Dolphins.

However, expect Denver to do everything it can to keep Dumervil. He is the centerpiece of the defense. With receiver Brandon Marshall and quarterback Kyle Orton also likely restricted free agents, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Dumervil is the top priority.

Denver will likely put a high tender on Dumervil that would make it difficult for him to leave. Still, this will be a very interesting situation to watch in the coming weeks.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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