5 Players Ravens Must Move On From In 2017

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Sep 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (58) during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (58) during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports /

Elvis Dumervil

Since joining the Ravens, Elvis Dumervil has seemed to be worth every penny, except for this season. After signing with the team as a free agent in 2013, the Dumervil and Suggs combo has been deadly. His best season came in 2014 when he matched a career high with 17 sacks. He was also able to produce a solid season in 2015, where the Ravens struggled as a whole. Injuries had not been much of a concern since he joined the team, but offseason foot surgery has kept him sidelined this season.

The 2016 season has frustrating for Dumervil. His foot surgery in the offseason has left him sidelined longer for than expected. There was thoughts that he would return early in the season, but that has not been the case. He has not played in a game this season and the defense has not seemed to miss him. The Ravens defense has excelled this season, recently holding the Cleveland Browns to only 144 total yards. Linebacker Albert McClellan has stepped into the starting role and performed well.

Even if Dumervil does come back healthy, I cannot see Dean Pees rushing him back in. Yes it would be nice to have his talent and presence on the field, but the defense is playing well without him. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It is already concerning enough that Dumervil has missed this much time and there’s a chance he might not even play at all this season. If the defense continues to play this way without Dumvervil, it gives more of a reason for the Ravens and him to part ways.

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