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Dumervil would love to hear from Dolphins; Fins, Heat chatter

A quick Saturday update:  

Not surprisingly, elite pass-rushing defensive end and Miami native Elvis Dumervil would have interest in joining the Dolphins, his agent told us this morning before being replaced as his agent.

But Marty Magid said the Dolphins so far have not called about Dumervil, who was released Friday by Denver after Dumervil returned paperwork agreeing to a paycut minutes after a deadline to accept it.

[SATURDAY 5:30 P.M. UPDATE: Dumervil has parted ways with Magid this afternoon in the wake of Friday's fiasco with the Broncos.]

Before Dumervil told Magid he was switching agents, Magid said “a handful” of teams had called about Dumervil and he will “reach out” to teams he “fits well with” or has interest in. He said Miami would be one of those teams. Now his new agent can do that.

Magid said he spoke to Denver Friday night, but the Broncos did not clarify whether they have interest in re-signing him at this point.

It would be tricky – though not impossible - for the Dolphins to both re-sign Jake Long (Miami was still waiting on a decision from Long on Saturday morning) AND sign Dumervil and have money left over for the draft and to fill other needs, such as cornerback.

The Dolphins were feeling more hopeful about their chances of keeping Long, who reportedly spent part of Saturday's at the team's facility.

Dumervil, 29, had agreed to take a paycut from $12 million to $8 million with Denver before Friday’s bizarre turn of events. The Denver Post reported Saturday that the Broncos asked the league office if it would honor the verbal agreement it had with Dumervil to restructure his contract. The league said no. Had the Broncos not released Dumervil by Friday's 2 p.m. deadline, his $12 million salary would have become guaranteed for 2013.

Now, the Broncos would face additional salary cap consequences by re-signing him.

NFL union cheif DeMaurice Smith today asked for an inquiry into the matter.

Dumervil, who attended Miami Jackson High, is undersized as a 5-11, 260 pound defensive end, but his production has been exceptional: 17 sacks in 2009, 9.5 in 2011 and 11 in 2012, plus 54 tackles and six forced fumbles last season. (He missed 2010 with an injury.)

He is expected to visit interested teams after the conclusion of next week's owners meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. Coaches and GMs attend those meetings.

The Dolphins have explored adding another pass rusher, but as of Saturday morning, nothing had materialized to the serious stage. Michael Bennett, who visited Thursday, signed with Seattle, and the Dolphins haven’t advanced initial discussions with former FIU and San Diego linebacker Antwan Barnes.

The agent for John Abraham (10 sacks for Atlanta last season) said Saturday that Miami has made no offer to his client. According to a credible source (not his agent), Abraham visited the Dolphins Tuesday night, and Miami is still a possibility for him. He also visited the 49ers and Seahawks.

### It looks like the Dolphins will address cornerback in the draft, but it would make sense to add a veteran, too. Besides Brent Grimes (who visited Friday), here are the other veteran corners left: Quentin Jammer, DeAngelo Hall, Antoine Winfield, Nnambi Asomugha, Sheldon Brown, Terence Newman, Nate Clements, Tracy Porter, Captain Munnerlyn, Drayton Florence, Kelvin Hayden, Pacman Jones, EJ Biggers, Shawntae Spencer, Cedric Griffin, Rashean Mathis, Joselio Hanson, DJ Moore, Mike Jenkins, Marcus Trufant, Brandon McDonald, Ryan Mouton, Jacob Lacey, Terrence McGee.

Check back later for a Dolphins-heavy Sunday buzz column.

### No player has taken more subtle tweaks at the Heat than Boston guard Jason Terry in the past couple years. His latest was delivered Friday, when he said of the Heat’s winning streak: “Not really impressed with it or anything that they do.”

Perhaps Terry is still miffed about missing that shot to end Game 6 of the Heat’s series-clinching win in the 2006 Finals in Dallas. Or about Miami pursuing Ray Allen instead of Terry in free agency last summer.

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captcrunch

Put the money on DE. Wake needs help. If he had a Dumervil type on the other side Wake would lead the league in sacks possibly even break the record. A tackle that can't finish a season and plays with one arm most of the season is no longer an ALL PRO type of player. Sad but fact. Shop the draft and get the most athletic of the tackles available and take him. With the type of receivers and new offensive design that Sherman is putting together Tanehill won't be holding the ball long enough for anybody to get to him.

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Eddie

Why hasnt Ireland signed a corner?

Sherwood Ginsburg

How about releasing Paul Soliai who would be a free agent next year and signing Dumervil ?

Eric

Signed Dumervil.

daniel

sherwood. soliai is a dt dumervil is a de why would we release him?

Sherwood Ginsburg

Daniel, Dolphins want to move Odrick from DE to DT thats why we should dump Soliai. Additionall Soliai is a very large Nose Tackle but an awfully slow DT Sherwood

Michael

Forget Long. Sign Dumervil and get a tackle in the draft.

John

We can sign them both Elvis was about to take 4 million less from the Bronco's so 1 yr 8 mil and Long 1 yr 4 mill that's good a dozen gets them both done cmon Jeffery!!!

Jeff is to smart for this move.....

DUmervil is a wonderful pass rusher.....but he is close to useless against the run...talk about soft....he does NOT fit with this team.....this would qualify as reckless spending, and a doomed F/A acquisition....

ikeem scott

Well our d-line is already gr8 at run defense and we have as i know of 17 million dollars left in cap space we could sign dumervil for a 2 year 15 mill(7 mill 1st yr 8 mill 2nd year) and jake long with a 2 year 13 mill deal(6mill first year 7 mill 2nd year.

Ray

Ireland should def make a push to sign Dumerville. He's 29 and coming off an 11 sack year. Wake, Starks, Big Paul, and Elvis would give the Dolphins one of the better defensive lines in the NFL. Wake and Dumerville would both get double digit sacks. Combine Wake and Dumervilles pass rush skills with the run stuff ability of Big Paul and Starks and they would have one of the most balanced DLs there is. Plus the fact that he would love to play for the Dolphins, Ireland may be able to get a tad bit of a discount. This is a no brainier to me. I think the Giants proved the best way to beat Brady and the Pats is non stop pass rush. For Ireland not to have Dumerville in for a visit as soon as he got signed just blows my mind. Dumerville is better than any of the FA pass rushers this year. He's better than Kruger, Avrail, and Bennett for sure. Also he's on the right side of 30.. I really hope Ireland realizes this, and brings him in for a visit.

jabby

get him for 5 mil or less. hes not better than wake.

Jeff

I agree with all of you! I can't believe that Ireland has NOT brought in and signed Dumervil as yet. Seems a No brainer to me. That way, we could wait another year to get a younger pass rusher in the draft and use this draft to take a STARTING LT/RT, a TE in Etrz or Eifert in the 2nd along with 2 cornerbacks in the next 2 picks. Another option may be to take Xavier Rhodes out of FSU with the 12th, come bacck with a TE & CB in the 2nd and then address the LT/RT & CB in the 3rd. Our year would be a HUGE SUCCESS!

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