Dumervil went from a defensive end into a 3-4 linebacker and had a huge season in 2009, going for an NFL-leading and team-record 17 sacks, a starting spot in the Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors.
ESPN reported that Dumervil’s deal was worth $61 million over six seasons with between $41 million and $43 million guaranteed.
Only two players have more sacks than Dumervil’s 43 since entering the league as a fourth-round draft pick in 2006 out of Louisville—Dallas’ DeMarcus Ware(notes) (56 1/2) and Minnesota’s Jared Allen(notes) (52).
The last player the Broncos committed that much money to was cornerback Champ Bailey, who is entering the final season of his six-year, $63 million contract that will pay him $13 million in 2010.
Rather than hold out, Dumervil signed his one-year, $3.168 million restricted free agent tender this summer, bit his lip and participated in the team’s offseason camps while his agent, Gary Wichard, and the Broncos hammered out an extension.
In an e-mail from the Broncos announcing the long-awaited deal, coach Josh McDaniels praised Dumervil’s handling of the protracted contract talks this offseason, which he said showed he’s “the type of player and person we want on our team. We look forward to Elvis’ impact for many years to come.”