ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Denver Broncos were forced to cut defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil after a delay in getting paperwork completed on a new contract that both parties had agreed to.

The person who spoke to The Associated Press on Friday did not want to be identified because the negotiations were not public.

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The Broncos, who wanted Dumervil to take a pay cut, had to reach a deal by 1:59 p.m. Denver time on Friday, or Dumervil’s $12 million contract in 2013 would be guaranteed. They came to an agreement about a half-hour before the deadline, but because the team hadn’t received the paperwork to make the deal official before 1:59, it was forced to release him.

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Denver could still bring back the defensive end.

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