The San Francisco 49ers announced that they signed outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil on Monday. Dumervil is a former teammate of general manager John Lynch and was brought in to help rush the quarterback and shore up the defense. While Dumervil has certainly flashed Pro Bowl caliber pass rushing in the past, questions remain about how much he has left in the tank.
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— John Lynch (@JohnLynch49ers) June 5, 2017
Elvis Dumervil was drafted out of Louisville by the Denver Broncos in the 4th round with the 126th overall pick in 2006, with his relatively short height of 5’11” being cited as a factor in not being drafted earlier despite his numerous collegiate accolades (Bronco Nagurski Trophy, Ted Hendricks Award, Big East Player of the Year, unanimous first-team All-American).
During the Broncos 2009 season, Dumervil was used as a defensive end on 4-3 passing down situations and outside linebacker in 3-4 schemes. He ended up leading the league in sacks and was voted All-Pro in 2009. After missing the entire 2010 season with injury, he ended up making the Pro Bowl in 2011 and 2012 with the Broncos before being released in the context of his agent not meeting a paperwork deadline.
Dumervil signed with the Ravens in 2013 and set a new Baltimore Ravens franchise record for sacks with 17 in 2014, making the Pro Bowl in 2014 and 2015 and being named first-team All-Pro in 2014.
Dumervil’s production decreased significantly during the 2015 season when he finished with 6 sacks, and he played in only 8 games in the 2016 season due to a foot injury. Despite missing those games in 2016, Dumervil was ranked sixth among all edge rushers with 22 pressures forced from the left side during the final five weeks of the 2016 season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Dumervil may be 33 years old but he has applied 55 pressures or more in four straight seasons leading up to 2016 and could still be the best pass rusher on the 49ers as of right now:
— Jeff Deeney (@PFF_Jeff) June 1, 2017
Dumervil will end up being a serviceable if not solid situational pass rusher who will also be able to provide veteran leadership and specific guidance to the 49ers young cadre of pass rushers. While the questions about how much Dumervil has left might be valid, Lynch seems to have made another roster decision with decent value for the 49ers.