If you are a Ravens fan, you have to love how linebacker Elvis Dumervil has gone about his business since signing with the team in late March following his departure from the Broncos. Dumervil has been at the Ravens’ facility pretty much every day, according to Harbaugh, immersing himself in the offseason conditioning program and now the OTAs, and getting acclimated with his new teammates. It had to be a pretty stunning couple of months for Dumervil, starting with Denver’s disappointing playoff exit at the hands of the Ravens. He agreed to take a pay cut to remain with the Broncos but then found out that he had just been cut instead after the infamous fax machine incident. He then opted to sign with the Ravens over an offer from the Broncos. Dumervil downplayed immediately taking a leadership role with his new team, but as my colleague Kevin Cowherd pointed out in a column today, his actions suggest otherwise.
Nice thoughts by former Chicago Bears’ linebacker Brian Urlacher, who announced his retirement yesterday after 13 seasons in the NFL. In an interview with NFL Network, Urlacher, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, was asked about possibly going into the Hall of Fame the same year as Lewis. “If I am lucky enough to go in with Ray, I will say this: I think I am pretty good but Ray is the best of all time. His numbers, to the guys that played with him, he did it the right way. He played hard. He is the best middle linebacker of all time. If I get a chance to go into the Hall of Fame with him, that would be awesome. I am up there I think, but not quite. The longevity he had was crazy, 17 years.”