Ordinarily, football players are done in by money or diminished skill.

Elvis Dumervil lost his spot on the Broncos' roster because of tardy paperwork and what appears to be a slow-moving fax machine.

One minute, the Broncos were celebrating a new contract that retained Dumervil. Six agonizing minutes later, the Broncos were furious at having to release a three-time Pro Bowler with 63 ½ career sacks off their roster.

Call this the Dumervil Deadline Debacle.

The upstairs floor at Dove Valley was thrown into chaos Friday afternoon when the signature pages on a revised contract from Dumervil, who was in Miami, and his agent Marty Magid, who was in Philadelphia, didn't show up on the Broncos' fax machine, which was in Englewood, until 2:06 p.m. — 6 minutes and one second past the deadline to file contracts to the NFL office.

When the Broncos did not have the paperwork, they released Dumervil in lieu of guaranteeing his $12 million salary for the 2013 season. By cutting Dumervil, the Broncos are confronted with $4.869 million in dead money they can't spend against their $123 million salary cup.

"The bottom line is our offer didn't change from 11 o'clock, or 1 o'clock Eastern, to the time they decided to take the deal," Broncos front office boss John Elway said. "By the time they decided (at 1:25 p.m), they did not give themselves enough time to send the signed documents back to beat the 2 o'clock deadline."

Although, the Broncos were only about $50,000 below the cap as of Friday morning, their dead money was offset by the subtraction of Dumervil's $12 million salary. So the Broncos now have a little more than $8 million in cap room after Dumervil's release.

The newly structured deal the Broncos thought they had done with Dumervil called for their right defensive end to make $8 million this year.

Is Elvis coming back?

"We're going to talk about all our options," Elway said.