Elvis Dumervil, a guy I’d call one of the most underrated edge rushers of all time, may be best known for the notorious fax incident. His impact as a playmaking pass rusher, however, is something the Ravens will truly miss.
Baltimore, in its efforts to get younger, decided to cut the 33-year-old Dumervil. This was first reported by former Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith.
Nonetheless, one can never have too many edge rushers, which means Dumervil will be a hot commodity on the free agent market. At this point in his career, the linebacker is really only a situational pass rusher. However, in the right role, we’ve seen Dumervil can still get the job done. Look for an established contender with at least one quality pass rusher to target Dumervil and line him up on the opposite side. The Ravens did it with Dumervil and Terrell Suggs, and the pairing worked perfectly early on.
In previous years the market for right tackle has been about half as lucrative as the one for the left side of the offensive line. Neither Bryan Bulaga with the Green Bay Packers nor Mitchell Schwartz with the Kansas City Chiefs received deals worth more than $7 million per year, while left tackles Trent Williams and Cordy Glenn each have deals that average more than $14 million.
The question is whether Wagner’s contract represents a rise for the entire offensive tackle market, or the shifting thought that the right tackle isn’t half as important as left tackle. Will the next blockbuster deal for a left tackle be closer to Williams’ five-year, $68 million deal in Washington? Or will it come close to doubling the deal received by Wagner?
While Wagner’s deal is higher than some expected, it’s still reasonable enough that the other offensive tackles will likely be worth less, even though they can provide an instant boost to a starting offensive line. Among the other tackles on the market are Andrew Whitworth, Russell Okung, Ryan Clady, and Riley Reiff.