That big collective sigh you heard late Sunday came from Ravens Nation, which was in full-scale panic mode and exhausting the region's supply of Xanax until the news of Elvis Dumervil's deal came down.
What a heist Ozzie Newsome pulled off, something on the scale of "Ocean's 11," only without a casino involved.
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Dumervil's better than Paul Kruger. He comes cheaper (five years, $35 million) than Kruger would have. And the Ravens take only a $2.5 million cap hit.
Is this some kind of early April Fool's joke?
Could it be any more perfect for the Ravens?
By the way, wonder how the Broncos are feeling about that little fax machine incident that caused them to lose Dumervil in the first place?
You heard about that, of course.
Dumervil was all set to re-sign with the Broncos, even agreeing to take a $4 million pay cut. And the only reason he hit free agency was because his agent screwed up getting the contract paperwork back to the Broncos in time to send it on to the league office.
This, of course, is how player agents become former player agents. Which is exactly what happened to one Martin Magid.
Magid, you'll be shocked to know, was immediately dumped by Dumervil and is now thought to be working at a Jiffy Lube at an undisclosed location.
Meanwhile, his house is now surrounded by Broncos fans wielding pitchforks and flaming torches, with the police standing by and saying: "Angry mob? What angry mob?"
"As we have from the start of this process, we worked diligently over the last week to find a way for Elvis Dumervil to remain a Denver Broncos," John Elway, the Broncos' executive vice-president of football operations, said in a statement. "Although we made multiple contract offers to Elvis after being forced to release him, we were unable to reach an agreement and are now moving forward without him."
Translation: Don't blame us because an idiot agent couldn't send a fax.
Another thing: why in God's name are the Broncos and a big-time agent like Magid still relying on fax machines?
In this era of smart phones and scanners and e-mail, isn't that like relying on homing pigeons to get a contract through? Or the Pony Express?
What, are they still using rotary phones in the Broncos' front office?
But that's Denver's problem now, a PR nightmare that will haunt Elway and the team for years.
As for the Ravens, again, the whole deal couldn't have worked out better.
No one could have foreseen a stud defensive end suddenly becoming available because of what was, for all intents and purposes, a clerical error. (Unless it was the janitor who pulled the plug on the fax machine.)