Baltimore Ravens: Top 15 free agent signings of all-time

Steve Smith Sr., Baltimore Ravens. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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Elvis Dumervil, Baltimore Ravens
Elvis Dumervil, Baltimore Ravens. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

26. . OLB. (2013-16). Elvis Dumervil. 15. player

Thanks to the last fax machine still in use (probably) Elvis Dumervil became a free agent in 2013. The Ravens swept him off the free agency market. Dumervil would go on to have 35.5 sacks in four seasons with the Ravens. In the 2013 season, Dumervil put up a respectable 9.5 sacks, but in 2014, he went off. 2014 was the year Dumervil set a franchise record with 17 sacks.

Signing Dumervil was a big deal for the Ravens. Dumervil was a monster for the Denver Broncos. He was the perfect player to pair with Terrell Suggs. It was a combination that was out-of-this-world good. Suggs and Dumervil combined for 29 sacks in 2014.

The pass rush was incredibly important that year because of the Ravens’ woes in the secondary. Dumervil may have only had one monster season with the Ravens, but when he was on the field he made a big impact. The Ravens have had some incredible pass rushers over the years, and Dumervil kept the tradition going.

Dumervil has a case to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day. He had 105.5 career sacks and 23 forced fumbles. He played one of the premium positions in the game of football and at his best, he was almost unstoppable.

Dumervil was one of a kind. He didn’t have prototypical size for an outside linebacker, but he was explosive and he always won the leverage battle. He had a great career, and Baltimore shared some good times with him.