If not for a big mistake by the Denver Broncos and a fax machine, there wouldn't even be a conversation about Elvis Dumervil being on the open market.
But, late Friday afternoon, a mistake happened and Dumervil went from being extended to becoming the best free agent pass rusher available. The dominating defensive end was scheduled to make $8 million dollars.
The Lions, after Cliff Avril's departure, just happen to need a new defensive end. There's been a thought that Detroit plans to go cheap to replace Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch, but a major proven difference maker like Dumervil was never expected to become available. He could take Detroit's defense to the next level, and would certainly be worth a sizeable investment.
In the name of staying aggressive, Martin Mayhew should already be on the phone, figuring out if it's possible to work Dumervil into the fold for 2013. Yes, there are salary cap realities, but if the Lions are serious about winning a Super Bowl, they would be exploring every single possibility towards adding more talent. With the NFLPA now involved, Dumervil might end up returning to Denver anyway, but if not, it's certainly a move worth exploring for a team with a definite need.
Imagine a defensive front with Dumervil, Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. It would be the most dominating line in football. Add to it Detroit's addition of Glover Quin and the potential for adding depth at corner and suddenly, the defense would be lights out instead of a usual weakness. This is exactly the type of bold move Lions' organization should make, especially if winning multiple championships are their goal.
Adding Dumervil, an 11 sack performer last season to an already improving defense, would certainly fit that bill.Cliff Avril, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Elvis Dumervil, Football, Glover Quin, NFL