ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – With half an hour to spare before deadline, Elvis Dumervil had agreed to take a pay cut and remain with the Denver Broncos. But the Broncos did not receive Dumervil's signed contract via fax until six minutes after the 4 p.m. Eastern deadline had passed, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the move.
The Broncos instead filed the paperwork to release the Pro Bowl defensive end because Dumervil's $12 million would have been guaranteed if he was on the roster after the deadline.
The contract gaffe was a major blunder after a week's worth of negotiations after the Broncos asked Dumervil to reduce his $12 million salary or risk being released. In the end, both outcomes happened.