Ex-Denver Bronco Elvis Dumervil welcomed by Baltimore Ravens

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Dumervil  center, sits with head coach John Harbaugh, right, and inside linebacker coach Don Martindale during an NFL football news conference on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in Owings Mills, Md. Dumervil signed a five-year contract with the Ravens. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)  GAIL BURTON
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Dumervil center, sits with head coach John Harbaugh, right, and inside linebacker coach Don Martindale during an NFL football news conference on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in Owings Mills, Md. Dumervil signed a five-year contract with the Ravens. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Elvis Dumervil has nothing bad to say about his time in Denver. He even considered staying with the Broncos after a fax mixup made him a free agent.

When it came time to choose his future in the NFL, however, the defensive end decided it was best to play for a winner in a different city.

Dumervil passed his physical and signed a five-year contract with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday.

The 6-foot, 260-pounder fondly looked back on his time in Denver and eagerly spoke about the next, maybe final, stage of his NFL career.

“Sometimes you have to make a decision. You pray about it,” Dumervil said. “At the end of the day there was no ill will or hard feelings. I just felt it was a time to change scenery.”

TIMELY RUN: Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o ended a trying three months by putting up a respectable 40-yard dash time Tuesday.

Scouts from 27 of 32 NFL teams attended.

Some had expressed concern whether Te’o could be an every-down back in the NFL after he was timed at 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine in Indianapolis.

But he was timed at 4.69 seconds at Notre Dame’s indoor practice facility.

He also bench-pressed 225 pounds 21 times and ran the 60-yard shuttle in 11.78 seconds.

BEARS: Chicago agreed to a one-year contract with veteran cornerback Kelvin Hayden, a former Atlanta Falcons.

Hayden made two starts and played in 16 games last season for Chicago and led the league with four opponent fumble recoveries.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Hayden has started 49 of 101 games played for Indianapolis (2005-10), Atlanta (2011) and Chicago (2012). He has 345 tackles, 12 interceptions and three return touchdowns in his career.

KENNESAW STATE: Brian Bohannon has formally taken over as the school’s first football coach.

The Owls are launching an NCAA Division I program that will begin play in the Football Championship Subdivision in 2015.

Bohannon is a long-time assistant to Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, spending the last five years working with quarterbacks and B-backs.

He’ll be moving to a fledgling program that already has an 8,300-seat stadium on campus but still must find a football-playing conference.

The new coach describes Kennesaw State as “a special place” with the potential to become a football power. He has deep ties to the state as a former Georgia player who coached at Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech.


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