Elvis Dumervil is free to test the market, shop around and try finding a team that will make a better multi-year commitment to him than the Denver Broncos were proposing before they cut him.
But Dumervil would prefer to skip all of that and return to the team that drafted him.
The veteran defensive end, released by the Broncos when the paperwork for a restructured contract wasn't filed by Friday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, wants to find a resolution to the situation that will allow him to return to Denver, according to a person who spoke to Dumervil after his release.
The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because Dumervil hasn't publicly spoken about his release, said Dumervil's firing his agent, Marty Magid, on Saturday was motivated by his desire to patch up the situation with the Broncos.
The Broncos were upset with Magid's handling of the contract re-negotiations and his inability to get them a timely decision from Dumervil on Friday.
Broncos officials were "in shock" Friday night, a feeling that lasted into Saturday, a person close to the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicizing their plans.
"We are taking a day to recharge," the person said.
But Dumervil could be part of the Broncos' future plans, which also include looking at available free agent pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Osi Umenyiora.
Someone informed of the interest from other teams since Dumervil's release said the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, and Detroit Lions all inquired about Dumervil's availability and expressed interest in talking to him in the near future. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because those conversations were to remain private.
It sounds as if Dumervil, who eventually verbally agreed to a reduced base salary of $8 million for this upcoming season, as well as an injury guarantee of $3.5 million on a $10.5 million base salary in 2014, will give Denver the first shot to bring him back.
Dumervil's next agent and the team will probably have to find a new structure for his next contract. The Broncos have less than $8 million in salary-cap space because of accelerated dead money after the release of Dumervil.
Magid told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday that he will waive the five-day waiting period for Dumervil to sign with a new agent so that Dumervil can begin negotiating with teams sooner than the middle of next week.
USA TODAY Sports' Mike Garafolo and Lindsay Jones contributed to this report.
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