Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe spurns the Ravens for big pay day with Miami
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe became a salary cap room casualty and signed with the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday instead.
According to ESPN, Ellerbe was a priority for the Ravens to resign during the free agent period but they could match the 5-year, $35 million contract the Dolphins offered.
It seemed like Ellerbe wanted to stay with the Ravens as late as last week.
“The Ravens are a perfect situation for me. Hopefully, it’s a perfect situation for me to sign on the dotted line,” Ellerbe told the Baltimore Sun last week.
He was the heir apparent to Ray Lewis’ middle linebacker position with Jameel McClain still looking to be cleared by doctors after a spinal cord contusion in December but Ellerbe cashed in on a great season and playoffs.
Collecting 92 total tackles, 69 solo tackles and a career high 4.5 sacks in 13 games and seven starts pushed him toward an extremely productive playoff run to the Super Bowl. In four playoff games, Ellerbe made 32 total tackles and one interception.