Not since Elvis Presley opened the Pontiac Silverdome. Not since Elvis Grbac was the starting QB for the University of Michigan, has a guy named Elvis stirred up so much fervor amongst the Detroit football fan base. The latest Elvis to get the blood flowing for Detroiters is Elvis Dumervil formerly of the Denver Broncos. Due to a rather crazy set of circumstances this Elvis became a free agent. He is a very productive Defensive End and the Lions have basically no D ends left on the roster.
Of course, since Ndamukong Suh reworked his deal to allow this team to go on a free agency spending spree (granted a small one) the team could try to leverage QB Matthew Stafford into doing the same to possibly get Elvis on the roster. However, there is a rumor flying around town that the language of Stafford’s deal make next year the ideal year for him to rework his deal. And it should be pointed out that young Matthew has reworked his deal with the team at least once before. The simple fact remains that his cap number is an issue for this team in free agency. As it stands currently the Lions have Willie Young and Ronnell Lewis as their starting ends. That does not seem like a great way to begin the season, and the Lions certainly have some work to do at end either in free agency or in the draft. Given the team’s salary cap situation, and the likely cost of a guy like Elvis on the free agency market, Detroiters dreams of another Elvis coming to town seem like the pie in the sky dreams of a long frustrated fan base.
So, while the Lions certainly have a need a D end, and Elvis is a top notch D end, a marriage between the two seems rather unlikely. The simple fact here is the Lions are right up against the salary cap, and they would need concessions from Stafford and maybe others to even begin to have the kind of money available to make a realistic offer to a guy like Dumervil.
He is coming off a season where he had 11 sacks and six forced fumbles. In 2011 he had 9.5 sacks, and in 2010 he racked up 17 sacks. Having a guy like that on a D line that already features Suh along with Nick Fairley would certainly keep opposing offensive coordinators up at night trying to figure out new blocking schemes. If this was fantasy football we could say hey Elvis welcome to Detroit, but we live in the real world and that world has a spending limit.