Elvis Dumervil is a hot topic this offseason. Since his 17 sack season, Dumervil’s production has been slowly declining. In 2014 he produced a Ravens record 17 sacks in one season, but in 2015 six, and in 2016 just three. Dumervil is 33, and has dealt with some injuries last season. The big question for him coming into next season is if he can be productive. The Ravens are in need of bringing new life into the edge rusher squad, as Dumervil’s counterpart, Terrell Suggs, is 34 years old.
Dumervil is set to make roughly $8 million next season, and with little production like last season, he may not be worth the money he is at. The Ravens have two realistic options with Dumervil. The first being to restructure Dumervil’s contract. The Ravens really cannot afford to keep Dumervil with his current contract, so if they want to keep him they’ll have to try to get him down to a lower cost. The Ravens could also cut Dumervil, and free up roughly $6 million in cap space.
Personally I think it may be time to cut ties with Dumervil. There are too many questions about whether or not he will be able to physically preform to his past level, and his loss in production tells more of a tale than anything else. There are good reasons to keep Dumervil on the team however. He could have a bounce back year, or play well enough for the Ravens to train a new edge rusher like Kamalei Correa, Matt Judon, or Za’Darius Smith in the mean time.