DENVER — The NFL rejected an appeal Monday from the Denver Broncos and Elvis Dumervil’s new agent to honor the contract that missed the deadline by a few minutes.
The Denver Post reports the team and Dumervil remain in negotiations to keep the star defensive end in Denver, but the Broncos can’t offer the same deal that was offered — and agreed upon by both parties — Friday.
And now the Baltimore Ravens are interested in signing him.
Dumervil fired his agent Marty Magid after the snafu that forced the Broncos to release Dumervil.
The Broncos say the team received the paperwork approving the contract from Dumervil’s agent a few minutes after the 2 p.m. deadline imposed by the league. Denver had to release Dumervil to avoid paying a $12 million guarantee.
The Broncos made an appeal to the league office on Friday.
Then, Dumervil’s new agent, Tom Condon, joined John Elway to appeal again. The league again denied the appeal.
The Post reports the Baltimore Ravens are also negotiating with Dumervil.
The defensive end led the league in quarterback sacks in 2009 when he recorded 17. Dumervil had 11 sacks and forced six fumbles for Denver this past season. He missed the 2010 season with an injury.