With the fans focused on wide receivers, tight ends, and cornerbacks, the Dolphins shocked the fans by signing Ravens LB Dannell Ellerbe to a 5 year, $34.75 million contract. That's significant money for a player the Ravens thought would be Ray Lewis' successor.
Who is out at linebacker for the Dolphins? According to Rich, our cap guy:
"Cutting Dansby would open up $3.9 mil. Cutting Burnett would open up $3.2 mil. But the dead cap for Dansby would be $4.6 mil, Burnett would be $2.5 mil."
Ellerbe can play either MLB or OLB and can stay with a tight end or running back in coverage. But, as far as I am concerned, Burnett has played as well as advertised. He was also an Ireland free agent pick up.
So, as I write this I can see that the Dolphins plan to release Karlos Dansby. I do remember last year that Karlos Dansby disagreed with Coach Philben openly to the media. So, say good-bye to the stench of Parcells again as Dansby was a Parcells move. I liked Dansby, but I felt he wasn't the playmaking machine that we thought he was. He was a steady force in the middle though.
The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero wrote :
"Dansby irked head coach Joe Philbin on a couple of occassions by openly criticizing the team's handling of the Chad Johnson cut and also by announcing he was playing with a torn biceps muscle after the Dolphins asked him not to speak about the injury."
One thing for sure is that the Ravens are gnashing their teeth over this move as they wanted Ellerbe back.
TE Jared Cook signs with Rams
That's disappointing news, but the Rams were hot after him. Jets free agent TE Dustin Keller would be a nice pick up for the Dolphins.
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