Broncos Threaten to Reduce Dumervil's Tender

Citing a source within the player's union, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports the Denver Broncos have sent a letter to restricted free agent linebacker Elvis Dumervil, threatening to reduce the amount of his one-year tender if he does not sign by June 15.

Dumervil was tendered at the "First- and Third-Round" level, which carries a base salary of $3.168 million dollars for a player with Dumervil's four accrued seasons of service. Reducing the tender would drop his base salary to $588,500, a $2.579 million dollar loss in compensation this season.

Dumervil has signed an injury-protection waiver, and has been participating to some degree in the team's off-season workouts. The Broncos have a mandatory mini-camp scheduled for this weekend.

Klis notes that the San Diego Chargers have sent similar letters to Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill, and that New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins received one, as well.

For the financial ramifications of what a reduction in the tender amount would mean to each restricted free agent, and status updates on other unsigned RFAs, click here.

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