Dolphins agree with Dannell Ellerbe

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One of the breakout players of the Ravens’ Super Bowl run has found a new home.

Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe has agreed to terms with the Dolphins, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday.

Per Wilson, the contract is for $35 million over five years.

The 27-year-old Ellerbe notched 32 tackles in four postseason games for the Ravens, including nine in Super Bowl XLVII.

Ellerbe was No. 39 on PFT’s list of the top 100 free agents.

With Ellerbe and outside linebacker / defensive end Paul Kruger departing in free agency and with middle linebacker Ray Lewis retiring, the Ravens have lost three key contributors from a title-winning defense.

133 responses to “Dolphins agree with Dannell Ellerbe

  1. Good news – the Dolphins are trying to complete with the Patriots (finally)

    Bad news – its at the expense of the Ravens.

  2. Might be hard for Ellerbe to take Ray’s spot now in a Dolphins uniform. Miami fans should be excited. Ellerbe is a nice player, and the one player that would really weaken the Ravens defense if he left.

  3. Easily replaceable part of the Ravens machine. Oz man will wave a magic wand and find his replacement. Another championship is guaranteed for this Ravens team with their core.

  4. SHOW ME THE MONEYYYY -every player in the NFL to the dolphins.

    As a dolphins fan this is very exciting. Time will tell if these signings are worth it but I’m enjoying everything right now!!!

  5. Wow. Didn’t see this one coming. Ravens are going to be in serious trouble. Better sign Ed Reed quick. Their D is going to be a shell of itself.

  6. “ravenaintor says:
    Mar 12, 2013 6:06 PM
    Easily replaceable part of the Ravens machine. Oz man will wave a magic wand and find his replacement. Another championship is guaranteed for this Ravens team with their core.”

    Guaranteed huh?

  7. “Easily replaceable part of the Ravens machine. Oz man will wave a magic wand and find his replacement. Another championship is guaranteed for this Ravens team with their core.”
    ———————————————————
    Denial is a hard lesson to come to terms with.

  8. All you Ravens haters will see. The whole plan was for Flacco to play on both sides of the ball next season to replace the entire defense. He was definitely worth the money.

    signed George Kokinas

  9. Anytime your ready Ozzie.

    Seriously, is he on the golf course while every key player is bolting town?

  10. Meanwhile, ravenator will say that losing 1/3 of their starters from their playoff run (Lewis, Reed (probably), Birk, Kruger, Ellerbe, McKinnie (probably), and Boldin) is all good with her. CHEERS.

  11. Ravens lose in free agency, and win in the draft (and on the field).

    Figured you fans will know this by now.

  12. ravenaintor says: Mar 12, 2013 6:06 PM

    Easily replaceable part of the Ravens machine. Oz man will wave a magic wand and find his replacement. Another championship is guaranteed for this Ravens team with their core.
    *********************************************

    Ravens fanboy = Steelers fanboy. Two peas in a delusional pod.

  13. I’m sure Ed Reed will be running for the door soon. Ravenator’s mom will have to drag him out from under his basement bed.

  14. Lets hope this Miami team is more like the Heat, than the Marlins when it comes to big FA splashes. Good move here!

  15. Good thing they freed up that cap money by trading Boldin.

    I thought Ellerbe was their first priority after Flacco’s deal got done?

  16. Ravens are letting people go because they are not willing pay the money other teams grasping for wins will. Name one defensive player that has left the ravens and played up to his contract? Hartwell? A. Thomas? Bart Scott? Landry? There is always a method to Ozzie’s madness.

  17. It’s funny how People are trying to diss us. I guess that’s what’s happens when your the SB Champ, you achieved what everybody was striving for the Whole Year.

    The funny thing all of you trying to say we’ll be worse next year, how do you know your team will even be good ? What we do Know Is we are Champs. Deal with It.

  18. Lewis retired.
    Kruger to the Browns
    Ellerbe to the Dolphins

    Reed will probably end up with the Pats. Cary Williams probably gone.

    5 of the 11 defensive starters gone.

    But at least they kept their top 15 QB with a $120 million deal

  19. Amazing what Steve Ross will do to get public dollars for a $500m stadium renovation. Notice how all these guys have reasonable year 1 cap #’s. Year 2 they all go thru the roof and most will have to restructure. What’s he trying to buy by spending this much at one time? Major PR after years where everything surrounding the team has been negative (Sparano, Harbaugh, Manning, Flynn, etc). This is where football meets politics. Ask Marlins fans and Dade County taxpayers about being set up by a billionaire owner

  20. Hahahahahaha. Signed Flacco to the richest contract ever and have lost 5 pieces that were important pieces to the super bowl run. Ozzie would have to visit the wizard off Oz to replace Lewis, Reed, Boldin, Kruger, and now Ellerbe. The funniest part about this is they will be in the same position next year. Having to let go of key pieces just to get under the cap again. Steelers and Ravens will soon be bottom feeders of the NFL. Welcome to the factory of sadness.

  21. The fish are making push for second place on the AFC East.

    Are the fish fans going to talk all offseason now the the Bills fans last year when they got Mario Williams?

  22. This one is tough. But inside backers are just not worth the Dolphins were willing to pay , unless your name is Bowman or Willis. The Ravens will rebound. They found Ellerbe, Lewis and Kruger they will find their replacements. If the Ravens cant do anything else they develop line backers. I am still more concerned with losing Q.

  23. Core?? Your crazy ravenator what are you from overseas or something bro you have like one Lb now…. Your team isn’t even making the playoffs this year…. Its exit strategy now on your team everyone wants to get paid… Talk to me in a few years see where your teams at Cheers!

  24. hey Stiller43 –

    How about you tell me about that 8-8 season, and how you resigned ….wait for it, plaxico…the jokes are too easy there. At least you signed foote, hes young…

  25. Lets take a closer look at the Ravens offseason:

    3 starting olinemen…gone
    best wr…gone
    staring olb…gone
    both starting mlb’s…gone
    starting cb….soon to be gone
    starting fs….soon to be gone

    starting qb…over paid

    and we are suppose to believe that Ozzie has it together…NOT!

  26. Ravenator, wheres your dumb comments?? So far none of what you said was going to happen hasnt happened!! Where are you? Hiding in the corner sucking your thumb, saying this isnt happening??? Bwahahaha couldnt of happened to a better person. I think that so called model of consistency has collapsed!!!

  27. Everybody must have forgotten how many key defensive players the Ravens lost in free agency last season…Look what happened, oh yea…They won the SuperBowl.

  28. Are commenters here just trolls or just uninformed? Flacco makes under $7m against the cap. Ravens have some money to spend. Ozzy never over-pays and never will.

  29. this is to fun to watch. after every reported ratbird player leaving all we heard from ravens fans is “that guy is replaceable. our concern is resigning ellerbe”. but now since hes gone too im sure that was all part of ozzies plan too right ravenator? from first to worst. now who you got? sure flacco is signed but he can only complete 48% of his passes to anyone who isnt boldin. ray rice? with the lack of passing game youre going to have now 8-9 men stacked in the box to stop him. top 10 defense? loooooong gone! so you wont be to score points AND keep them from scoring? but im sure in ravenators mind all is well. say what you will about the steelers 8-8 off year….id rather have an off year than the complete dumster fire your team has turned into in the last 36 hours

  30. As a Browns fan this is a great start to free agency. Mike Wallace, Anquan Boldin and Ellerbe are out of the division and Kruger jumped to Cleveland. Time for Baltimore to deal with the consequences of Flacco’s contract.

  31. You people are so dumb.

    They gave Ellerbe 5/35 ! That is ridiculous!

    The Ravens have made the playoffs for the past 5 years and won at least one playoff game. You don’t do that by spending 5/35 for an inside linebacker.

    Get real.

  32. The soul of the Ravens, their defense, has been destroyed.

    But that’s OK, they still have an elite QB and Anqu … errr, who’s their QB again?

    Elite money can be very harmful.

  33. Flacco’s cap hit is 6.5 mil. His new contract helped the Ravens, unfortunately other teams valued their players higher than the Ravens did. That usually doesn’t end well for the new team. I’m not a Ravens fan at all but I can’t think of an FA who left and played better than they did in Baltimore. The Ravens are always one of those teams like NE, Pitt, GB, etc who always seem to find a way to compete so they deserve respect.

  34. Listening to Ravens fan, I guess Baltimore can go pick up some guys standing in front of Home Depot and turn them into All-Pro linebackers

  35. Model of consistency. Ravens never overpay for talent. Oz is the greatest GM in the league. There’s obviously a plan for free agency and the draft and if you think otherwise, you’re insane.

  36. The thing is People forget we had the Cap Space to sign Ellerbe. This had nothing to do with Flacco contract. I think Our Front Office didn’t want to Commit to Ellerbe due to his Injury History.

    The 7 Million a Year he’s getting is a Lot for a Inside Linebacker, More than What Ray was getting the last couple years. I would like to kept Ellerbe but were going to have draft a Inside Guy anyway. We still got Most of Our Main guys On D, Suggs, Ngata, Webb, Pollard. I have faith we’ll bring in Good Players around them. Our D will still be Solid Next Year.

  37. Hate on haters!!
    Facts
    Kruger- a trick pony. Typical browns FA
    Boldin- gonna miss his toughness no question. But need the cap room
    Ellerbe- going to miss him only FA worth keeping

    Oz will build through the draft AGAIN. When you draft so well you can’t keep everyone!!

    So kep on hatin you jealous haters!!

  38. One of three things will happen to the Phins now. 1. Dansby gets cut. 2. Dansby gets traded. 3. Phins move Koa Misi back to his college posistion of DE and Ellerbe takes his spot.

  39. I really need to stop reading the comments on this board, so many “fans” that don’t understand the first thing about football. Flacco raided the team, sheesh, at least try to run the numbers through your head, even a fifth grader will realize that Flacco is nowhere near the top of highest paid Ravens as far as the cap is concerned this coming year.

  40. Just this mornin Ravenator had Ellerbe and Kruger commin back..now they both “replaceable” I think Lizzie is on the phone with Ray Ray right now asking him to reconsider his retirement

  41. All the Ravens who got the big FA contracts this off-season should immediately cut a check for 10% to Rahim Moore.

  42. Just this mornin Ravenator had Ellerbe and Kruger commin back..now they both “replaceable” I think Ozzie is on the phone with Ray Ray right now asking him to reconsider his retirement

  43. Every year, every single year the Ravens lose multiple starters in free agency or release starters. Every year the haters say the Ravens are done. Every year the Ravens are in the playoffs. Just facts kiddies. If you cant beat em try to be them.

  44. Ell played well, but he’s been hurt more often than not. Glad he got paid. Yet another undrafted LB than Oz helped get a fat contract. He always finds the gems on the scrap heap!

  45. I’m so glad I renewed my bills season tickets last week. Can’t wait to see the team I support lose some more.

    -I’m sure it speak for most bills fans. Tannehill looks decent, and the phins have always had a solid defensive roster.

  46. Come on Ravenator, let’s get serioius now, Ray Lewis, Paul Kruger, Reed to follow Bolden to SF probably, now Ellerby, maybe Flacco can play defense too. Maybe they can pick up washed up James Harrison to help out the Raven’s defense. You can have Casey Hampton too if you want. lol

  47. Hey gpry? Serious question. When did you start following football? Or did you like the Browns, or Colts first? Haters going to hate is right.

  48. Mr. Sinner, it seems that most who leave for free agency are able to do as well before they signed for the big bucks. I hope you enjoyed your one year in the sun. The Ravens will fall behind the Steelers and the Bungles and maybe even the Clowns. hahahahahahahahahahahahhaha

  49. The Ravens are dumping so much salary cap they’ll be able to pay off the whole Flacco contract with a signing bonus. I hope they took a lot of Super Bowl team photos.

  50. Congrats to Joe Flacco who choosed not to think about the football team and all about him. What a selfish decision. You’ll be lucky to win another Super Bowl again.

  51. Every single player the Ravens lost to free agency is replaceable. Joe Flacco is not replaceable. So yes, I’m still happy about the Joe Flacco deal. Even if the Ravens do have somewhat of a rebuilding year, the key players are there, and it will be fun watching the front office indubitably build this team back up around them to contend for more championships.

    Baltimore Ravens: Super Bowl XLVII Champs in case you didn’t know.

  52. Ravenator and MRskinny, I take back everything that I said about the Ravens, they just struck gold in free agency, don’t get on Ozzie about not knowing what he is doing, they just signed long snapper Morgan Cox to a two year deal. Good thing, they will be PUNTING alot this year. hahahahahahaha

  53. ravenator says: Mar 12, 2013 6:29 PM

    Model of consistency. Ravens never overpay for talent. Oz is the greatest GM in the league. There’s obviously a plan for free agency and the draft and if you think otherwise, you’re insane

    ————————————-
    never overpay for talent?? Nice Backup QB you just paid 120 for.

  54. ravenator | Mar 12, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT
    Model of consistency. Ravens never overpay for talent. Oz is the greatest GM in the league. There’s obviously a plan for free agency and the draft and if you think otherwise, you’re insane.

    This post was written by a North Korean political hack subbing for a unstable Ravenator. Fan boy you can run but you can’t hide.

  55. Having seen it with the 2011 Eagles who had way more talent to start with then the Dolphins they better hope these guys produce in 2013 cause money changes guys if not the 2014 dolphins will be in the running for the other Texas A&M qb….the better one

  56. Ducksoup,

    Foote was a starter on the number 1 D last year. Is he patrick willis? No. But he’s 30 or 31 with a few years of solid play left.

    Burress is a 1 yr vet min deal. If he sucks in camp (or if they are able to draft young replacements), he’s gone. He also gives them a valuable big red zone target they previously lacked. Whats the downside there?

    The steelers had 5 losses by 3 points and another one by 6 in which they had 8 fumbles and 3 picks. Go ahead and think they fell off a cliff if you want…i’d be more worried about my team losing 7 starters at least, including your two defensive leaders…

  57. Bwahahahahahaha!!

    This Steeler fan now likes our GM a lot better.

    3 starting LBs gone? Boldin gone. Birk. And you draft at the back. I’ve never seen a team pay so much for a SB win, and the Steelers stunk after both recent SB wins. Ravens go 1-5 in AFC North next season.

  58. um….the ravens have lost no one due to the flacco contract. his cap number is 6.8 this year. the players we lost have gotten better offers elsewhere. thats what happens to good teams. im sure steeler fans have forgotten that. with a cap that barely moved there will be lots of quality vets to be had at great prices. and the ravens have 11 draft picks. oz knows what hes doing. lets see how the rosters look in september when it actually matters. go ravens

  59. If ravenator owned a car he has no air in his tires but doesn’t know it yet. So much for Ozzie who walks on water. Fan boy are you drying off his feet? What a waste of time.hahahahahahahaha

  60. You gotta love non ravens fans worried about the state of our team.

    Let me tell you something folks, I saw this movie last year, and I am not worried at all.

    If I am not worried as a ravens fan, why are you?

  61. Breaking News!!!!!
    Baltimore has just traded Ravenator to the Miami Dolphins for Jimmy Johnson’s old hair brush and a Reggie Bush jersey. Seriously, who has first shift on his suicide watch? What’s that crumbling sound?

  62. I know this post got taken over by the Ravens bashing, but a VERY HAPPY Dolphin Fan here saying this guy cost us NOTHING!!

    We cut Carolos Dansby (injured, age 32 and cost $6.3M against the cap). For a young beast that cost pretty much the same… next up who we gonna sign now ???

  63. I’m a dolphins fan as well obviously and I love this signing and dumping Dansby. The defense gets quicker and that will help Wake continue to rake in the sacks. Philbin and Ireland had a clear plan in place and they are making it happen. The phins also retained the services of a solid back up Qb in Moore, an above average Wr in Hartline, franchised Starks, and acquired a potential star in Wallace to help Tannehill develop further. Exciting stuff. That said…

    The Ravens knew they had to get younger. Obviously they wished to retain Ellerbee but now they can offer more to Reed to get him to stay and get younger through the draft because they feel Flacco is on the upswing in the twilight of the Careers of Brady and Manning

  64. Are all you people really as dumb as you speak???????
    The Dolphins haven’t won since Shula…. Mike Wallace wasn’t great with Big Ben and I’m a Raven fanatic and Ellerbe (just like all the others that have left over the years) was a product of OUR SYSTEM… We are the CHAMPS…..Look how many coaches we have put in the NFL…. Stop HATING….. We aren’t going anywhere, we just reload people. I want to hear all of you when we continue our playoff run……AS USUAL…..Idiots.

  65. Keep up the chatter Ravens haters. Y’all were saying the same thing, maybe even worse, we we lost our free agents last year. The Ravens do NOT over pay for their role players. This happens to most Super Bowl teams, so there is no panic here in B’more. We still have Rice, Torrey Smith, Suggs, Ngata, with Lardarius Webb coming back. The rest are just pieces of the puzzle.

    One note: I do question the Flacco contract, but it really is just a 3 year deal. Regardless, he’s won more postseason games the last five years than your QB.

  66. In 4 years in the league Dannell Ellerbe has never played a full season without getting hurt…food for thought.

  67. The ravens will have a bit harder time drafting this year, since they draft last. They have lost an awful lot of leadership as well as players since last year ended too, and ed reed leaving would be a killer. Though I suspect they might get reed back now, since they aren’t using cap space on all the guys who have gone. He’s older and on the decline, but the ravens really need his leadership now more than ever before. Don’t kid yourselves ravens fans. Its is going to be tough for a while.

  68. If Ozzie is the greatest super genius since Wyle E. Coyote, how come they’re in such cap trouble?

  69. Bart Scott, Derrick Mason, Todd Heap, Kelley Gregg, Ben Grubbs, Tom Zibikowski, LaRon McLain, Jarrett Johnson, Landry, Corey Redding – every year the Ravens lose free agents and every year I see the same clowns and chicken littles spewing how the sky is falling and it is all over for the Ravens. I remember these same people posting how dismal our offseason was last year for “only” signing Corey Graham and Jacoby Jones. Actually, I remember a bunch of the “BigBenNoFoolSteelyMcpheeliePrimanti” and other hater posters laughing at the “inept” signing of Jacoby.

    In recent years the Ravens just keep responding with division titles, playoff victories and a Super Bowl trophy. I don’t judge the Ravens current offseason or upcoming draft until the following season and sometimes two seasons after. I’m still basking in the glow of the Lombardi and not worrying about a thing. In Oz I trust.

  70. Are all you people really as dumb as you speak???????
    The Dolphins haven’t won since Shula…. Mike Wallace wasn’t great with Big Ben and I’m a Raven fanatic and Ellerbe (just like all the others that have left over the years) was a product of OUR SYSTEM… We are the CHAMPS…..Look how many coaches we have put in the NFL…. Stop HATING….. We aren’t going anywhere, we just reload people. I want to hear all of you when we continue our playoff run……AS USUAL…..Idiots.
    Bandwagon raven fan weakened by lifting the rock he crawled out from under.. Playoffs are great if you want tee shirts moron… Come back after you gnaw on your oe…

  71. buzzbeaubank | Mar 12, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT
    I like how “one and done” now means win the Super Bowl and lose some free agents.

    Stop drinking the cool-aid and face reality no one repeats as SB champ but greed.

  72. Are all you people really as dumb as you speak???????
    The Dolphins haven’t won since Shula…. Mike Wallace wasn’t great with Big Ben and I’m a Raven fanatic and Ellerbe (just like all the others that have left over the years) was a product of OUR SYSTEM… We are the CHAMPS…..Look how many coaches we have put in the NFL…. Stop HATING….. We aren’t going anywhere, we just reload people. I want to hear all of you when we continue our playoff run……AS USUAL…..Idiots.

    Man next you guys will cure cancer…moron .. Patting yourself on the back must be tiring…LMFAO you are champs for a year ..not for life…

  73. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 12, 2013 7:49 PM
    buzzbeaubank | Mar 12, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT
    I like how “one and done” now means win the Super Bowl and lose some free agents.

    Stop drinking the cool-aid and face reality no one repeats as SB champ but greed.
    —————
    Please. Forgive me for being skeptical of anyone saying “one and done” when the goalposts were moved to “two and done” and so forth with every Ravens playoff win. Why don’t you worry about hemorrhaging your own free agents while signing has-beens.

  74. ok insman you know Ellerbe is a player y’all still have a great team Miami threw crazy $ at him,you are correct we haven’t won since Shula but we are hopefull these moves will help us,I understand you hate Wallace but he’s not with Pittsburgh anymore,enjoy defending your championship…I’m just happy we are making an effort to get better

  75. restonraven says: Mar 12, 2013 7:42 PM

    Bart Scott, Derrick Mason, Todd Heap, Kelley Gregg, Ben Grubbs, Tom Zibikowski, LaRon McLain, Jarrett Johnson, Landry, Corey Redding – every year the Ravens lose free agents and every year I see the same clowns and chicken littles spewing how the sky is falling and it is all over for the Ravens. I remember these same people posting how dismal our offseason was last year for “only” signing Corey Graham and Jacoby Jones. Actually, I remember a bunch of the “BigBenNoFoolSteelyMcpheeliePrimanti” and other hater posters laughing at the “inept” signing of Jacoby.

    In recent years the Ravens just keep responding with division titles, playoff victories and a Super Bowl trophy. I don’t judge the Ravens current offseason or upcoming draft until the following season and sometimes two seasons after. I’m still basking in the glow of the Lombardi and not worrying about a thing. In Oz I trust.
    ————-

    Newsome and Reese are the two best GMs in each conference. Neither goes out and buys up big names galore. Just plugs in pieces for detail, draft properly and develop internally. That’s why the Ravens are always in contention and why my guys have won two in five years, and blew two golden opportunities to have had four (Burress in ’08 and the collective set of OFF years that everyone on offense had this year).

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