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.