|Dannell Ellerbe isn't trying to be the next Ray Lewis; he just wants to return to Baltimore. (US Presswire)|
"I hope to be back," Ellerbe said on NFL AM Thursday. "My heart is here in Baltimore, but I haven't really had conversation or dialogue with the Ravens yet. I have faith I will [be back]."
Ellerbe, who will be a free agent, has assumed the role of Ray Lewis-in training, but contends his role will not be to replace the retiring legend.
"It's not about filling shoes, it's about coming back and making plays," Elleberbe said. "Ray Lewis does such a great job, you can't try and step in and fill the shoes of a legend. All I can try to do is go out there and make plays."
Ellerbe, 27, finished the regular season with 92 tackles -- good for second on the team behind safety Bernard Pollard.
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