ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- At the Broncos' June minicamp,
Dumervil's upbeat attitude and pass-rushing prowess were rewarded Thursday night when he agreed to a contract extension with the team that drafted him in 2006.
"I am pleased to announce the extension of Elvis Dumervil’s contract with the Denver Broncos," General Manager Brian Xanders said. "He has established himself as one of the NFL’s premier pass rushers, and he’s an important part of the foundation we are building with this team. We are excited to have him as an integral part of the Broncos well into the future."
The fifth-year linebacker made his case for a new contract last season with one of the finest defensive performances in team history. Dumervil became the first Bronco to lead the league in sacks in 2009, racking up 17 of them en route to earning All-Pro status and his first career Pro Bowl selection.
Entering 2010, the former fourth round pick out of Louisville wanted an extension and remained positive while attending the minicamp last month. The famously fun-loving player joked with teammates and wore a smile as he told reporters he didn't want to be a distraction. Dumervil, who signed a one-year tender on June 14, said he wanted to support his teammates and continue learning the new defensive system after spending the start of the offseason training at home in Miami.
At the time, several teammates applauded Dumervil's professionalism and expressed their gratitude for his commitment to the organization.
Nine days before veterans are due to report to Dove Valley for training camp, the Broncos locked up their pass-rushing star with a new deal.
"We are thrilled to have agreed to terms with Elvis Dumervil on a contract extension," Head Coach Josh McDaniels said. "Elvis is a very talented player who will help lead our defense and is also an outstanding person and teammate."
The 5-foot-11, 248-pound linebacker has demonstrated a flair for the big play in his first four NFL seasons. Dumervil has registered 43 total sacks, 11 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and an interception in 61 career games. He has provided at least five sacks each season, and his 13 multi-sack games rank second in the league in that span.
In his historic 2009 campaign, Dumervil played all 16 finishing with 49 tackles, four forced fumbles and three pass breakups, to go along with his impressive sack total. That included a team record four sacks in a 27-6 home win against Cleveland on September 20.
Now armed with the new deal, he'll aim to build off that success in 2010 and beyond.
That's a prospect that excites McDaniels for many reasons.
"The way he has handled this lengthy negotiation this offseason is a great example of the type of player and person we want on our team," McDaniels said. "We look forward to Elvis’ impact for many years to come."