Dumervil signs restricted free-agent tender

Denver Broncos linebacker Elvis Dumervil has signed his

restricted free-agent tender of $3.168 million.

The reigning NFL sacks leader had until Monday to sign or the

team could have reduced the amount to 110 percent of his 2009

salary, which was around $540,000.

Dumervil finished with 17 sacks last year and earned his first

Pro Bowl selection.

He joined the team for minicamp over the weekend despite not

having yet signed his tender. Dumervil said he understands that

football “has a business side to it” and that his “stats speak for

themselves.”

Dumervil has 43 sacks in his career after being taken in the

fourth round of the 2006 draft out of Louisville.