TSN TV Schedule TSN2 TV Schedule
NFL

Report: Dolphins, Ellerbe agree to five-year deal

{eot}
Associated Press
3/12/2013 7:06:28 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe parlayed Super Bowl success into a big payday, agreeing to a $35 million, five-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, a person with knowledge of the contract said Tuesday.

The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no deal had been announced.

Ellerbe, 27, had a career-high 4 1/2 sacks last year for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. He started seven games and established career highs in tackles (89, second on the team) and solo tackles (66). He missed three games with an ankle injury.

With dreadlocks flying, Ellerbe proved to be a huge presence in the middle of the Baltimore defence, even after middle linebacker Ray Lewis returned from a torn triceps.

Ellerbe had eight solo tackles in the Ravens' opening playoff win over Indianapolis, and followed with nine solo tackles against Denver. He had five tackles and his first career post-season interception in Baltimore's victory over New England in the AFC title game.

With Lewis retiring, the Ravens hoped to sign Ellerbe to a long-term deal. But he proved to be too expensive for the Super Bowl champions, who faced tough salary-cap decisions.

Ellerbe signed as a rookie free agent out of Georgia in 2009 and has 14 career starts in four NFL seasons. He gives the Dolphins more youth at the position, leaving the status of nine-year veteran Karlos Dansby in doubt.

Miami was expected to be active in free agency after a fourth consecutive losing season, including a 7-9 record in 2012.

Dannell Ellerbe (Photo: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

zoom

(Photo: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story

Top Free Agents

Take a look at the best available players in free agency


QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | Rushers | DL | LB | CB | S


Full Free Agent Tracker: AFC | NFC



Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL.


Check out ReOrientation - TSN's special three-part feature examining athletics and homosexuality.


More about ReOrientation

CFLers in the NFL

Check out the full list of players with CFL experience now playing in the NFL. More...

Podcasts

TSN 1050: TSN Drive with Dave Naylor: April 15 - Tim Graham

Tim Graham provides an update on the potential sale of the Buffalo Bills , Donald Trump, when a new stadium will be built, and more.

TSN 1050: NFL Tonight: Andy McNamara and Carlan Gay: April 6th

Andy Mac and Carlan Gay break down the latest news in the NFL.

TSN 1050: NFL Tonight - Andrew Garda- March 27th

Andy McNamara chats with Andrew Garda, Bleacher Report NFL lead writer about Johnny Manziel, college quarterbacks, and NFL Free Agency.


More Podcasts

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television