NFL notebook: Dumervil wanted 'change of scenery'
By Wire Reports
Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 8:15 p.m.
Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Elvis Dumervil said he left the Broncos for the Super Bowl champion Ravens because he was looking to play for a winner in a different city.
Dumervil passed his physical and signed a five-year contract with the Ravens on Tuesday. The 6-foot, 260-pounder was introduced at a news conference in which he said, “Going to a winning organization was important.”
He had said nothing bad about his former team. It's just that he was ready to leave after a fax snafu led to his release from the Broncos.
Dumervil said, “I just felt it was a time to change scenery.”
The 29-year-old Dumervil became a free agent after his representative, whom was subsequently fired, was late in delivering the paperwork accepting a reduction in salary.
So the Broncos had to release him, and after weighing offers from Denver and Baltimore, Dumervil picked the Ravens.
“It was an unfortunate situation,” Dumervil said. “But when an opportunity came that I could come to another winner and a first-class organization, it was just leaving one great one to another great one. So I took it.”
Te'o lowers 40 time at Notre Dame pro day
Linebacker Manti Te'o ran better on his home field than he did at the NFL Combine, lowering his 40-yard time by more than a tenth of a second during Notre Dame's pro day.
The Heisman Trophy runner-up posted a best time of 4.69, bettering the disappointing mark of 4.82 he put up at the combine in Indianapolis last month.
“I thought I did pretty good,” Te'o said after his workout in front of scouts from 27 of 32 NFL teams. “I'm very pleased with the way that I performed.”
Pack opts to keep Finley
The Packers opted to pay their mercurial tight end Jermichael Finley a $3 million roster bonus rather than cut him by 4 p.m. Monday. Though Finley swears he wasn't watching the clock, he took to Twitter shortly after the deadline passed, saying, “Ecstatic 2 b back w (at)packers. Best place on earth.”
Trial date set for Brent
Cowboys guard Josh Brent faces a Sept. 23 trial on an intoxication manslaughter charge in a car wreck that killed a teammate.
Prosecutors in Dallas confirmed the trial date over the Dec. 8 crash in Irving that killed practice squad player Jerry Brown Jr. Police said Brent had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit for driving. Brown was a passenger.
Former QB Young throws at Texas pro day
Vince Young picked familiar ground in trying to revive his sinking NFL career.
The former pro quarterback used pro timing day workouts at the University of Texas to throw passes for scouts from dozens of teams.
Young, out of football since he was cut by the Bills before last season, worked out for about 30 minutes and declined to talk to reporters afterward.
Report: DT Rogers has $430K of jewelry stolen
Giants defensive tackle Shaun Rogers told police he had $430,000 worth of jewelry stolen while he was staying at a hotel in Miami Beach, according to a CBS Miami report.
Rogers said he had the jewelry taken from his room safe Monday at the Fontainebleau hotel.
Around the league
The Saints may be interested in signing free-agent pass rusher Dwight Freeney, according to NFL Network report. ... The Lions will host free-agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, according to the Detroit Free Press. ... The Patriots re-signed offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer. … The Raiders signed free agent tackle Alex Barron, the first offensive player added to the team this offseason. ... The Cowboys agreed to a two-year contract with former Lions linebacker Justin Durant, according to an ESPN report.
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