Originally Posted by Blueflame
If Elway's blunt-but-accurate comments changed Dumervil's mind about wanting to play for the Broncos, then he should have just said so. Why go ahead and sign the contract and submit it late with a BS excuse of "technical issues"? With today's technology, it didn't have to be via fax and it didn't have to be Kinkos. The explanation raises more questions than it answers. It's just not believable.
Dumervil isn't going to go out and say Elway hurt his feelings. I have no idea what happened with the fax, and don't think we'll ever know. I do think both the Broncos and Dumervil messed up during the negotiations: Dumervil and his agent for far too long insisting a "Pay cut" wasn't really an option. And Elway went too far with his public comments on the situation.
I do think his comments turned it into a deadline deal, but who really knows? Elway was obviously frustrated with how negotiations were going and for whatever reason decided going public with said frustrations was a good negotiating tactic. Backfired.
Now Dumervil is making less then he would have with the Broncos, has lost his legacy as a Broncos player (which seems to matter less and less to most players), and Denver needs to bring in some type of impact player in the draft at the position. The only winner was the Ravens, and they won big.