I'm not even asking for the ballooned $65 million ballpark figure that's been tossed around in the local media the last few weeks, but I am asking for a deal that's fair for a five-year veteran, Pro Bowler, who's never had an off the field issue, always shows up for camps (mandatory or not) - good guy - who just happened to lead the league in sacks last season after switching from defensive end to linebacker - type of money he actually deserves.
Monday on the Jim Rome Show Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels offered his best – "I really hope you're buying all of this" - type of praise when he expressed how much the team wanted to work out a deal that would keep Elvis a Bronco for many years to come.
Excuse me while I choke just a bit….
That line might have gone over a little bit better if it wasn't the same diatribe McD spun over the airwaves for Dumervil's Pro Bowl teammates Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, who were both kicked to the curb without so much as a Coke and a smile – and who were both signed to big-dollar long term deals by other teams who were willing to invest in their future.
You see a pattern developing here?
Dumervil offered his own counter-punch and came within a Prom Date's promise of admitting he may not even report for Camp if there wasn't some kind of deal already in place – leaving those of us to speculate why something hasn't already been worked out between an owner that swears he's committed (there's that word again) to winning and a player that's proven he can do it.
Has the well run dry in Bronco Land?
I understand Denver isn't a beach community – but you don't have to be Lady Gaga to figure out a line in the sand's been drawn and unless somebody in the organization can give me an indication they're serious about working their way back to the top – I'm gonna have a hard time justifying $9.00 a beer for another sub par season of mediocre football.
Now… if you want to sandbag Elvis and start offering up $2.00 drafts, half-price seats and lap dances during halftime I may not be so critical…
Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past twelve-years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio and Internet stations around the country. You can follow all of Schon's updates on Twitter - Facebook or drop him an email at Michael John Schon
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