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Dannell Ellerbe | Linebacker

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/29/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 245
College: Georgia
Contract: view contract details

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The Dolphins are using Dannell Ellerbe at outside linebacker during OTAs.
Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler are on the outside, with Koa Misi at Mike. In nickel packages, Wheeler and Misi stay on the field while Ellerbe departs. The Fins are essentially admitting ex-GM Jeff Ireland's $34.75 million mistake on Ellerbe, changing his position and demoting him out of sub-packages. Unfortunately, they can't save salary cap room by cutting Ellerbe until next offseason. May 28 - 8:58 PM

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The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins will move MLB Dannell Ellerbe to weak-side linebacker if the team signs a new middle linebacker.

The Dolphins are among the rumored four potential suitors for free agent ILB D'Qwell Jackson, who is expected to pick a team by the end of the week. If moved to the weak side, Ellerbe would be replacing Philip Wheeler. Both were massive free-agent busts in 2013. Wheeler would then compete with Koa Misi on the strong side. Misi is considered Miami's best run defender.
Mar 5 - 2:11 PM

Dolphins declared LB Dannell Ellerbe, QB Pat Devlin, RB Mike Gillislee, CB Will Davis, LB Josh Kaddu, OG Danny Watkins, and G/T Dallas Thomas inactive for Week 7 against the Bills.

No notable fantasy developments here aside from middle linebacker Ellerbe, who was listed as doubtful with a shoulder injury. The Dolphins will start special teamer Jason Trusnik at Mike 'backer against Buffalo.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 11:53:00 AM

Dolphins MLB Dannell Ellerbe (shoulder, doubtful) missed practice again Friday and is not expected to play Sunday against the Bills.

Ellerbe was injured two Monday nights ago ahead of the Dolphins' Week 6 bye. He was hopeful of returning this week. Jason Trusnik will likely draw the start at middle linebacker if Ellerbe can't give it a go.
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 11:27:00 AM

Dolphins MLB Dannell Ellerbe (shoulder) has not resumed practicing.

Ellerbe went down in Week 5, the game prior to the Dolphins' bye. He says he's confident he'll play this week, but backup Jason Trusnik is working with the first-teamers.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 11:03:00 AM

Dolphins MLB Dannell Ellerbe exited Sunday's Week 5 game against Ravens with a shoulder injury.

Ellerbe was injured in the second quarter and is questionable to return. Jason Trusnik has replaced him at middle linebacker.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 02:26:00 PM

The Miami Herald confirms Dannell Ellerbe will be the Dolphins' starting middle linebacker, replacing Karlos Dansby.

Dansby was run out of town despite amassing 134 tackles (101 solo) and nine pass breakups last season while playing through a biceps tear. It's a strong hint that Ellerbe could be big-time in IDP fantasy leagues. Koa Misi figures to remain Miami's starting weak-side linebacker, with Philip Wheeler at "SAM."
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 11:58:00 PM

Dolphins agreed to terms with LB Dannell Ellerbe, formerly of the Ravens, on a five-year, $35 million contract.

It's a terrible loss for the Ravens, who wanted badly to re-sign Ellerbe as the heir to Ray Lewis. They just weren't willing to overpay Ellerbe. Fins GM Jeff Ireland clearly was. It's uncertain where Ellerbe will play in Miami, but one guess is the strong side, where he could match up with tight ends in coverage. Kevin Burnett is 30 years old, and the Dolphins can save over $3 million by releasing him. Weak-side linebacker Koa Misi is in the final year of his rookie deal, and that's another potential playing spot for Ellerbe.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 05:50:00 PM

The Rams have expressed interest in free agent LB Dannell Ellerbe.

An inside linebacker in Baltimore, Ellerbe would be a strong-side linebacker in St. Louis with Jo-Lonn Dunbar on the weak side. SAM linebackers typically cost much less than the $6 million per year Ellerbe is known to be targeting.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 10:12:00 AM

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports the Ravens plan to huddle with free agent ILB Dannell Ellerbe on Tuesday morning.

Breer confirms Ellerbe is Baltimore's "top priority" among in-house free agents, and the Ravens plan on "putting their best foot forward" in tomorrow's contract talks. Trading Anquan Boldin cleared a large chunk of salary cap space, enough for the club to retain Ellerbe. We expect these sides to reunite.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 07:36:00 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns have been in contact with free agent ILB Dannell Ellerbe.

The Browns are expected to be among the most active teams in free agency, and have expressed interest in signing Ellerbe, as well as other Ravens free agents OLB Paul Kruger and CB Cary Williams. Ellerbe would be an ideal fit in Ray Horton's 3-4 defense. He's believed to be seeking $6 million annually.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 10:24:00 PM

The Baltimore Sun says there is "speculation" free agent ILB Dannell Ellerbe wants $6 million annually, and the Ravens are prepared to offer $5 million.

This falls in line with what we've heard on Ellerbe this month. He's expected to seek a multi-year deal in the range of $25-30 million. Beat writer Mike Preston says the Browns have "privately" shown interest in Ellerbe, as well as other Ravens free agents OLB Paul Kruger and CB Cary Williams.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 06:19:00 PM

The player rep for free agent ILB Dannell Ellerbe says the Ravens have yet to make his client a contract offer.

"There's nothing to report right now," said the agent. The Baltimore Sun reported the Ravens were poised to make Ellerbe a "significant offer," but it hasn't come across the wire. Ellerbe fully expects to reach Tuesday's open market.
Source: USA Today
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 03:07:00 PM

Free agent ILB Dannell Ellerbe does not anticipate re-signing with the Ravens before midnight's commencement of the negotiating period.

"Starting Saturday, we'll be talking to all 32 teams," Ellerbe's agent said. 27-year-old Ellerbe is the top inside linebacker available in free agency, in what otherwise is a very poor class at the position. The Ravens want Ellerbe back, but he's intent on shopping his wares and maxing out his worth.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 03:24:00 PM

The Ravens remain in talks with free agent ILB Dannell Ellerbe, and are expected to make him a "significant" offer before the start of free agency.

Ellerbe continues to insist he wants to remain in Baltimore. "There's always a chance, and that's what I'm hoping will happen," Ellerbe said. "The Ravens are a perfect situation for me. Hopefully, it's a perfect situation for me to sign on the dotted line." The interest is mutual, but Ellerbe heads an underwhelming market for inside linebackers. He could get too rich for the cap-strapped Ravens' blood.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 11:17:00 AM

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