NFL Nation: Marty Magid

And the Elvis Dumervil Great Fax Machine Debacle moves on.

Shortly after agent Marty Magid told multiple news outlets on Saturday that he is getting interest for Dumervil, news broke that Dumervil has fired Magid.

It is not surprising news. Ultimately, it was Magid’s responsibility to ensure the Denver Broncos received Dumervil's reworked contract before the NFL deadline Friday. It did not happen and Denver was forced to release Dumervil. Magid's firing is a clear sign who Dumervil blames for the problem.

Magid reportedly said he will waive his right as a fired agent to have Dumervil wait five days to hire a new agent. Thus, Dumervil’s new agent can start working on getting him a new deal as soon as he hires one. Earlier Saturday, Magid said some teams were interested in visiting with Dumervil after the NFL owners’ meetings end in Arizona on Wednesday. Thus, the market could dry up.

Perhaps Magid's firing will help soothe the relationship between the Broncos and Dumervil. The Broncos are peeved at the situation, but I got the sense they were much more upset with Magid than with Dumervil.

If Denver doesn’t quickly sign a pass-rusher such as Dwight Freeney or John Abraham, that may be a sign the team is willing to wait for Dumervil.

And the saga continues. Imagine this all start with a late fax. The deal was done. You can’t make this stuff up.
It’s been more than 24 hours since the Elvis Dumervil fax fiasco, and there doesn’t seem to be a movement to repair the situation between the Denver Broncos and the pass-rusher.

Dumervil’s agent, Marty Magid, who was at the center of the debacle, told the Denver Post that he has been in contact with other teams and that Dumervil is expected to take some visits after the NFL owners meetings end in Arizona on Wednesday. That is risky, because the market will continue to dry up.

That means, as of now, Dumervil doesn’t have a great deal. Magid has also told the Miami Herald that Dumervil would like to play for his hometown Dolphins.

The fact that Magid is trying to drum up interest seems to be a sign that things are not close to being resolved with the Broncos. I know the Broncos are ticked at the situation. I wouldn’t be surprised if the team is put off by Magid jumping for other destinations instead of trying to help repair the situation he was ultimately responsible for in Denver.

If we see the Broncos make a quick run at a pass-rusher such as Dwight Freeney or John Abraham, we’ll have our answer.

In other AFC West notes:

Oakland might be on the verge of losing another starter. Tight end Brandon Myers is visiting the Giants, who are reportedly highly interested. He had 79 catches last season. Oakland has no experienced options at tight end on the roster if Myers walks.

The Giants signed linebacker Dan Connor. He visited the Raiders this week.

The Patriots are cutting receiver Brandon Lloyd. The former Bronco could make some sense in San Diego with new Chargers’ head coach Mike McCoy, who was previously the Broncos’ offensive coordinator.
The attempt to keep Elvis Dumervil well paid and in Denver is on.

The Denver Post is reporting that NFL Player’s Association head DeMaurice Smith has asked for an inquiry into the bizarre situation involving Dumervil’s contract.

Also, the paper reported that the Broncos asked the NFL on Saturday if they would honor the verbal agreement despite the fact that Dumervil’s agent, Marty Magid, returned the fax of the restructured contract seven minutes after the deadline. The NFL predictably declined. The other 31 teams likely would have had a fit had the NFL reversed a league rule based a verbal agreement.

Still, the Broncos’ action shows they want Dumervil to return.

I think the key to Smith’s involvement is time. The Broncos and Dumervil cannot afford to wait an extended time for a ruling. The Broncos have to figure out who is going to be their second pass-rusher, and Dumervil has to get a job. Time is an issue.
In the aftermath of the Great Elvis Dumervil Fax Machine Debacle, the Denver Broncos and Dumervil's agent, Marty Magid, have been playing the blame game.

John Elway even released this very pointed, detailed statement.

The bottom line is this wasn’t the first deadline deal in the history of the NFL. Deadline deals happen all the time and they usually finish cleanly. The truth is the ball was in the agent’s hands at the buzzer and it was his final responsibility.

But all either side can do now is move on and solve the issue. Let’s look at options for both sides:

Dumervil: The deal that was left on the fax machine was for $8 million this year. That has been the top dollar this year for a pass-rusher. I doubt Dumervil will command that on the open market. He can shop for the best offer and take it and hope to get as close to the money he gave up as possible. It may be difficult. He can also re-open the line of communication and try to get the best deal possible from the Broncos. A few hours ago, Dumervil felt that was his best option. Perhaps he still feels that way.

Broncos: In a lot of ways the ball is now in their court. They are mad. Once they cool down, they could re-visit signing Dumervil. They must realize the mistake was not with the player. Because of dead money, about four million, it is unlikely Denver will be able to give Dumervil $8 million again. But they if they can get creative, they should think abut. Obviously, Denver felt keeping Dumervil was its best option.

Passing on Dumervil means looking for another pass-rusher. The first player to come to mind is Dwight Freeney. John Abraham and Richard Seymour are also options. Dumervil is probably better than those players, but he might be more expensive.

Whatever happens, Dumervil needs a job and Denver need a pass-rusher. And we all thought this one was over.