Elvis Dumervil: “The ideal thing for me is to be able to just play and not have to worry about the business part of it. But it’s the NFL.”

May 19, 2010 – 7:30 am by Michael Bean

The Denver Broncos are on my short list of least favorite teams in all of professional sports. Don’t know why exactly, and it’s not all that important, particularly in your mind. I mention that though only because I’m equally willing to admit that I’ve been left extremely impressed by Elvis Dumervil after listening to him on air in Denver. Dumervil, the league leader last year with 17 sacks, is naturally looking for a new long-term contract. If I have all the details sorted out, Dumervil is a restricted free agent who’s been offered a 1-year $3.16 tender. He’s not yet signed that tender, instead holding out for a longer term commitment from Denver. He did however sign a waiver that allowed him to practice with the Broncos during the team’s most recent OTAs despite not being under contract with the team.

Please correct me if I’m wrong here, but the point is Dumervil’s quietly going about his business rather than being disruptive as he waits to get his just desserts from the Broncos. Which leads me to my point about being impressed by Dumervil. He’s taking the high road and sounds honest when he says he just wants to work, play and be an integral leader for Denver’s defense.

Dumervil joined ESPN 1600 in Denver to talk about him not feeling awkward about being with the team for its most recent OTAs in light of his unsettled contract situation, on how he is just being genuine with his approach to the situation rather than trying to purposefully take a different approach than Brandon Marshall, how he kept himself busy working out in Miami earlier this offseason as he tended to some family business, how his family in Haiti is doing several months after the devastating earthquake, the additions to Denver’s defensive line, and how long he thinks it might be before he can put the contract issue to bed and just focus on football.

On if it’s awkward for him to be out there with the team for OTAs in light of his contract situation with the Broncos:

“Not really, because the fact of the matter is I’m going to be here in 2010. So with that said, I want to be at my best. I felt it was imperative and important for me to get my muscle reps, to be there for the team and support them. At the end of the day it’s about being professional about things, and I just try to take care of my part on the field, and hopefully the other stuff will take care of itself.”

On if he made a calculated decision to take a different approach to his contract situation than did Brandon Marshall:

“I mean, not really because I am who I am; I think that’s me. At the end of the day, a person’s true colors comes out. I don’t know, that’s never been how I try to handle things. I’m not really into the whole media drama. I try to conduct myself as such – just try to treat things as professional as possible.”

On what he did in his offseason conditioning program down in Miami:

“I had a nice training down there. Beasley worked out with me and we really got after it. I had a couple family issues back there after the Pro Bowl and things was kind of tough,  so I thought I better be there home with the family. But for the most part, I couldn’t let my team down, I couldn’t let my friends down and you know, come in out of shape. So I definitely worked and I figured I’d work.”

On the situation in Haiti several months after the earthquake (Dumervill, if you recall, had family members living there):

“It’s tough, the country’s definitely still struggling. But the good thing about it is I think we have an international, really world wide attention. People have really been contributing. A lot of the great fans here in Denver have been helping and I just want to say thank you for that. A lot of people around the world have helped, and Haiti is becoming a better place. But it just takes time, it’s a process, nothing was ever going to happen over night. With that said, I think we’re headed in the right direction.”

On the additions Denver made along its defensive line this offseason:

“I’m excited. I’ve been away but I’ve definitely stayed in tune. I think the guys we picked up are a great addition. I think the guys that have been in the system awhile and  they understand what it’s about. I think we did a great job getting the pieces of the puzzle, now it’s a matter of us jelling here in OTAs. That’s one of the main reasons I wanted to come, I wanted to let those guys know that as a leader on this defense, we’ve got to go to war together and we’ve got to have a great year. So it’s been good meeting those guys – Justin Bannan, Jarvis Green. It’s been exciting.”

On if he ran into Brandon Marshall (now with the Dolphins) while working out in Miami:

“I did actually. I’ve seen Brandon several times and he’s doing good. He’s getting married here soon and I wish him the best down there in Miami.”

On how long he thinks it might take for his contract situation to be resolved according to what his agent has told him:

“I don’t know. I really don’t know. It’s going to be a process he said. It’s not something that happens over night, so I understand that part. So what I do is I just try to do my part which is on the field. Unfortunately, the ideal thing for me is to be able to just play and not have to worry about the business part of it. But it’s the NFL. Hopefully those guys are working, you know, with each other and we’re trying to get things done.

Listen here to Dumervil with Vic & Gary on ESPN 1600 in Denver

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