Earlier this week, the San Francisco 49ers addressed a glaring need when they signed Elvis Kool Dumervil to a two-year contract. Dumervil — a two-time All-Pro — has accumulated 99 sacks over 10 seasons with the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens.
“Kool” was a recent salary-cap casualty after an injury-plagued 2016 season with the Ravens. Dumervil injured his Achilles at the end of the 2014 season but played through the injury in 2015.
In early 2016, he had surgery to repair his injury, which caused him to miss the first month of the season. After a brief two-game stint, he was forced to sit until Week 11, when he returned to the field close to his previous form.
Dumervil received NFL Pro Bowl honors in five of the past seven seasons, particularly due to his ability to rush the quarterback.
The 49ers have an obvious pass-rushing need, but how will Dumervil’s skil lset best fit into 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s 4-3 hybrid defensive scheme?