Broncos take hardline approach with Dumervil

The Denver Broncos are the latest team to take a hard stance with a restricted free agent. On the other side of the table is Elvis Dumervil.

Mike Klis of The Denver Post reported Thursday, via a source with the NFL Players Association, the Broncos sent Dumervil a letter stating that if he didn’t sign his restricted free agent tender by Monday, the team would excercise its right to reduce the offer to 110 percent of his salary last season.

Dumervil was extended a first- and third-round tender offer of $3.168 million. He made approximately $553,000 last season, according to the report, which would put his 2010 salary at $663,000 if he doesn’t sign the tender by the June 15 deadline.

Both sides have expressed confidence during the offseason at getting a deal done. For his part, Dumervil signed an injury waiver to take part in practices and had said he would attend the Broncos’ mandatory three-day minicamp this weekend. We’ll see if that’s still the case, and if Dumervil does sign the tender this weekend, as Klis suggested was the intention.

Don’t expect these negotiations to play out in the media, however. Dumervil told ESPN 1600 in Denver several weeks back he’s not taking that approach to his contract situation.

“At the end of the day, a person’s true colors comes out,” Dumervil said, via sportsradiointerviews.com. “I don’t know, that’s never been how I try to handle things. I’m not really into the whole media drama. I try to conduct myself as such – just try to treat things as professional as possible.”

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