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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 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

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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

Dolphins LB Dannell Ellerbe was forced from Miami's Week 1 game against the Patriots with a hip injury, and will not return.

The Dolphins are now missing all three of their starting linebackers, with Ellerbe joining Koa Misi and Philip Wheeler on the sideline. Ellerbe went down early in the first half, but wasn't ruled out until after halftime. It's possible he's avoided major injury.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 03:15:00 PM

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.
Wed, May 28, 2014 08:58:00 PM

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.
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 02:11:00 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

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