Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Dolphins reach agreement with former Raven Ellerbe


Offensive improvement wasn’t the only thing on the mind of Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland Tuesday.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the ‘Fins have agreed in principle to a five-year, $35 million contract with Ravens’ linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.

Ellerbe had his most productive season during the Ravens’ Super Bowl run, notching 4.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. He finished second on the team behind Bernard Pollard in tackles (69) in 13 games. (photo: Keith Allison, Flickr)

Ellerbe will be a solid addition to an already electric Miami pass rush that finished seventh overall last year in sacks behind takedown machine Cameron Wake. Miami’s linebacking corps is currently an eclectic mix of youth and veteran talent, though Wilson notes that Ellerbe’s arrival may mean the end for veteran Karlos Dansby.

Dansbury is signed through 2014 and is slated to cost the team more than $20 million on the cap over the next two years. Miami's other two starting linebackers are Kevin Burnett and Koa Misi.

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