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Dannell Ellerbe | Linebacker | #59

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/29/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 245
College: Georgia
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Saints declared WLB Dannell Ellerbe, CB Delvin Breaux, DE Obus Gwachum, TE Josh Hill, RB Marcus Murphy, OG Landon Turner and CB BW Webb inactive for Week 2 against the Giants.
Ellberbe was ruled out with a hip injury earlier this week while Hill is dealing with a sprained ankle. Terron Armstead (quad) is active for the Saints. Sep 18 - 11:45 AM

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Saints WLB Dannell Ellerbe (hip) has been ruled out for Week 2 against the Giants.

With Ellerbe out of the lineup in Week 1, the Saints' run defense was gashed for over 150 yards and three touchdowns by Raiders running backs. Of course, they probably would have gotten gashed like that even had Ellerbe played.
Sep 16 - 3:56 PM

Saints WLB Dannell Ellerbe (hip) is out for Week 1 against the Raiders.

A hip injury kept him out of practice this week. Craig Robertson will fill in at weak side linebacker on Sunday. Consider Ellerbe week to week.
Sep 9 - 4:04 PM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Larry Holder reports Saints WLB Dannell Ellerbe had a "dynamite" training camp and preseason.

Ellerbe, 30, was limited to six games last season and one the year before due to injuries. Set to take off as an every-down player on the weak side this season, Ellerbe is back on the injury report with a hip issue and missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. If he can't play, Craig Robertson will start.
Sep 9 - 9:15 AM

Saints WLB Dannell Ellerbe expects to be 100 percent for training camp.

Ellerbe has played in seven games the last two years due to injuries. He was forced to take an offseason pay cut to remain with the Saints. Ellerbe was limited this spring, but will be full-go for the start of camp.
Jun 17 - 7:11 PM

Saints WLB Dannell Ellerbe will make $2.95 million in salary and bonuses after restructuring his deal.

Ellerbe's base salary was slashed to $1.7 million, but he can earn some of that back through playing-time incentives. His contract for 2017 voids if he plays at least 80 percent of the defensive snaps next season. The pay cut saves the Saints $2.7 million against the cap.
Feb 11 - 10:35 AM

Saints WLB Dannell Ellerbe has taken a pay cut to remain in New Orleans.

Owed $5.2 million in salary and bonuses with a $5.9 million cap charge, Ellerbe was never coming back at that price. Ellerbe appeared in six games in his first season with New Orleans after being acquired in the Kenny Stills trade. He made four starts, but missed large chunks of the season with injuries. 30-year-old Ellerbe has appeared in just seven games over the last two years.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 10 - 12:02 PM

New Saints MLB Dannell Ellerbe accepted a $7.325 million pay cut after his trade from the Dolphins.

Ellerbe was scheduled to earn $8.425 million in 2015. That figure has been reduced to $1.1 million. It sounds worse than it is, as Ellerbe will still net $4.9 million guaranteed with roster and signing bonuses. The portion of the trade that sent Ellerbe to New Orleans was essentially a salary dump by the Dolphins. Closing in on 30, Ellerbe's best years are behind him.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Mar 17, 2015 10:42:00 AM

New Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe has reportedly agreed to a restructured contract.

This was undoubtedly a prequisite for Ellerbe's trade. Ellerbe's originally-scheduled salary of $8.425 million was laughably out of line with his recent play.
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 01:46:00 PM

Saints acquired LB Dannell Ellerbe and a 2015 third-round pick from the Dolphins in exchange for WR Kenny Stills.

The third-rounder is much more valuable than Ellerbe, who is way overpaid at $9.85 million and was going to be cut by the Dolphins. The Saints are going to have to try and get him to take a pay cut. Ellerbe figures to slide in as the Saints' middle linebacker, replacing recently-released Curtis Lofton.
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 12:56:00 PM

The Dolphins are trying to trade OLB Dannell Ellerbe and LB Philip Wheeler before the start of the new league year.

That gives them until 4pm ET to hammer out a deal. When Miami inevitably fails in this pursuit, both Ellerbe and Wheeler will be released. The Dolphins gave up a ton to get Ndamukong Suh (they've also released Cortland Finnegan, Nate Garner, Brandon Gibson and Brian Hartline), but they're all-in on a generational talent.
Source: Fox Sports
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 09:42:00 AM

The Dolphins will release OLB Dannell Ellerbe.

Ellerbe isn't expected back after missing the majority of 2014 with a hip injury. The Dolphins would save $8.45 million by releasing him, and leave just $1.4M in dead money.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 04:14:00 PM

Dolphins OLB Dannell Ellerbe is a candidate for release.

Ellerbe is expected to be a cap casualty after missing nearly the entire season to a hip injury. The Dolphins would save $8.45 million by releasing him, and leave just $1.4M in dead money. Jelani Jenkins started 14 games last year and is the in-house favorite to return as Miami's weak-side linebacker.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Feb 6, 2015 05:39:00 PM

Dolphins SLB Dannell Ellerbe (injured reserve) underwent hip surgery in September.

This is more for bookkeeping purposes, as Ellerbe is already done for the season. He says the hip was "messed up pretty good" in Week 1, but he hopes to be ready for OTAs, though Ellerbe won't rush it. A big free-agent bust by ex-GM Jeff Ireland, Ellerbe is a prime candidate to be released in the spring.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 06:21:00 PM

Dolphins placed SLB Dannell Ellerbe on injured reserve with a hip injury, ending his season.

Coming off a dismal 2013, the injury figures to end Ellerbe's time with the Dolphins. Handed a five-year, $34.75 million deal in March 2013, Ellerbe was among the worst inside linebackers in the league last season, and demoted out of sub packages this spring. The Dolphins can clear $5.65 million in cap space by cutting Ellerbe next offseason. Kelvin Sheppard is taking his roster spot. The Dolphins have a stout defensive line, but are thin at linebacker.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 01:24:00 PM

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