NFL - Dumervil set for Broncos return

Free agent defensive end Elvis Dumervil could be back with the Denver Broncos by the end of the week.

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Dumervil became a free agent as a result of a mix-up on Friday that prevented him from formally accepting a pay cut and re-signing with the Denver Broncos by the deadline. Dumervil has since fired his agent and replaced him with well-known veteran representative Tom Condon.

Condon and the Broncos lost an appeal to have the verbal agreement honored by the league. The Denver Post reported the NFL denied the appeal.

The Steelers, Patriots and Ravens reportedly contacted Dumervil to gauge his interest, but Dumervil's "priority" remains re-signing with the Broncos.

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The Tennessee Titans released Matt Hasselbeck, adding another former starting quarterback to the market after negotiations failed to produce a compromise to reduce his salary.

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The Baltimore Ravens are in danger of kicking off their Super Bowl title defense on the road next season unless the NFL is able to work out scheduling conflict with Major League Baseball.

The NFL has a 10-year tradition of the reigning champion opening its regular season at home on Thursday night. However, the Baltimore Ravens have a scheduled home game on Thursday, Sept. 5, and the teams share a parking lot.

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Commissioner Roger Goodell and Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown announced settlement of a class action lawsuit over the use of retired player images in NFL Films footage and video games.

The NFL unveiled its plan for establishment of the "Common Good Fund" to which $42 million will be provided over an eight-year period.

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft suggested wide receiver Wes Welker had inflated expectations when he could not reach a contract agreement with the Patriots and signed with the Denver Broncos instead.

Kraft said he believed the Patriots' two-year offer was better for Welker than the two-year-deal he accepted from the Broncos.

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Linebacker A.J. Hawk agreed to a pay cut to remain with the Green Bay Packers while Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert has accepted his one-year franchise tender.

Tight end Benjamin Watson signed a three-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, who also re-signed Ramon Humber, and linebacker Rey Maualuga re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Right tackle Tyler Polumbus announced via Twitter that he has agreed to a two-year deal to return to the Washington Redskins, who also re-signed punter Sav Rocca.

Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Antwan Barnes tweeted he will sign with the New York Jets and linebacker Ernie Sims re-signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

Restricted free agent cornerback Cassius Vaughn signed his qualifying offer with the Indianapolis Colts, the Oakland Raiders signed unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Vance Walker and tight end Matt Spaeth signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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