Saturday, March 8, 2014
From staff and news services
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Former All-Pro tackle Sebastian Vollmer has agreed to a contract to remain with the New England Patriots, according to media reports.
The deal was first reported by ESPNBoston.com. The Boston Herald reported that the new contract is for four years.
The 6-foot-8, 314-pound Vollmer is regarded as one of the top right tackles in the NFL when healthy, but he has been bothered by back problems the last two seasons after earning All-Pro honors in 2010. He has started a total of 44 regular-season games in his four seasons with the Patriots.
RAVENS: Elvis Dumervil is putting his seven seasons in Denver and one bizarre fax fiasco behind him after agreeing to a five-year deal with Baltimore.
Dumervil collected 63½ sacks in seven seasons in Denver, three of which ended with Pro Bowl berths. He's scheduled to fly from his offseason home in Miami to Baltimore to take his physical on Tuesday and sign his new contract.
On March 15, Dumervil agreed to reduce his 2013 salary from $12 million to $8 million as part of a renegotiated three-year, $30 million contract that would have kept him in Denver. But the paperwork didn't reach the NFL offices in time, and the Broncos were forced to release him to avoid having to pay him the full $12 million for next season.
Dumervil fired agent Marty Magid after that deadline debacle and hired agent Tom Condon.
The Broncos issued a new contract proposal to Dumervil and his new agent, but the Ravens swooped in.
"As we have from the start of this process, we worked diligently over the last week to find a way for Elvis Dumervil to remain a Denver Bronco," Denver football operations chief John Elway said in a statement Sunday. "Although we made multiple contract offers to Elvis after being forced to release him, we were unable to reach an agreement and are now moving forward without him.
"Elvis was a team captain and a talented player who made a great impact during his seven seasons in Denver. I appreciate all of his effort on the field and the work he did in the community," Elway added. "I wish Elvis all the best as he continues his NFL career."
The loss of Dumervil puts a big blemish on the Broncos' otherwise stellar offseason makeover. Denver has been one of the league's big spenders in free agency, acquiring wide receiver Wes Welker, right guard Louis Vasquez, defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and linebacker Stewart Bradley.
BEARS: Chicago agreed to a one-year contract with former Carolina Panthers linebacker James Anderson.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Anderson made 53 starts in seven seasons for Carolina.