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Elvis Dumervil willing to restructure, but may be cut anyway

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Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil (92)celebrates after sacking San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, in San Diego. The Broncos won 35-24. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Joe Amon) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO INTERNET


The Broncos and defensive end Elvis Dumervil are still talking. Whether they can come to an agreement or not remains unclear.

Dumervil, who appeared to be on the way out because the Broncos aren’t willing to pay him $12 million this season and he wasn’t willing to take less, is now willing to take a pay cut, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

However, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Dumervil is only offering to take less than $12 million this season if the Broncos will make up the difference by adding guaranteed money to his salaries in 2014 and 2015. The Broncos don’t appear willing to do that. And so the Broncos may still cut Dumervil before Saturday, when his $12 million 2013 salary would become guaranteed.

The Dumervil situation could have a domino effect around the rest of the league, as Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was getting in on the action and trying to convince his old buddy Dwight Freeney to come to Denver. Free agent defensive ends Michael Bennett, Matt Shaughnessy and Osi Umenyiora have also been mentioned as possibilities to sign with Denver in the event that Dumervil is released.