In his first act as agent for Elvis Dumervil, Tom Condon approached the NFL office with Broncos football operations boss John Elway at his side.

Condon and Elway asked the league office to recognize the agreement on a revised three-year, $30 million deal negotiated, and verbally approved, by the Broncos and Dumervil on Friday.

When the exchange of documents missed the 2 p.m. Friday deadline, the Broncos released Dumervil to avoid paying a $12 million guarantee. Dumervil in turn fired his agent Marty Magid and replaced him with Condon, who is widely considered the most powerful agent in sports.

The Broncos already had made a plea to the league office Friday and were denied. Even Condon's influence couldn't sway the league as the Broncos and Dumervil were rebuffed again.

It was worth a try, but a long shot as the league likely would become inundated with hundreds of contract-bending agreements if it made an exception for the Broncos and Dumervil .

"All contracts are reviewed by our office," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at his owners meetings news conference Monday. "If there is something significant they'll bring it to my attention, but those are done as a matter of course."

Would he care to share his personal reaction to the foul up?

"No," Goodell said.

So where does that leave the Broncos and Dumervil? In a completely different arena. Dumervil is now a free agent and the Broncos no longer have sole negotiating rights.

Then again, the Broncos also no longer have the wherewithal to make the same offer. Elway and Condon have continued to talk, but the $4.9 million dead money hit the Broncos received against their $123 million payroll cap is a snag in negotiations.

The Baltimore Ravens are also negotiating with Dumervil, according to an NFL source. Dumervil received a strong recommendation of skill and personal character from Ravens linebacker coach Don "Wink" Martindale.