Dolphins reach five-year deal with Ravens LB Dannell Ellerbe

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Dannell Ellerbe is headed to Miami where he'll try and help the Dolphins win a Lombardi Trophy. (USATSI)

Former Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace isn't the only big named free agent taking his talents to South Beach, Ravens free agent linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is headed to Miami, too, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has confirmed. The Dolphins and Ellerbe have agreed to a five-year, $35 million contract. The deal was first reported by the Baltimore Sun.

Re-signing Ellerbe and outside linebacker Paul Kruger were two of Baltimore's biggest priorities heading into free agency, but now both are gone, with Kruger having signed with Cleveland earlier on Tuesday. 

Ellerbe told the Baltimore Sun as recently had last week that he would like to remain a Raven, "The Ravens are a perfect situation for me. Hopefully, it's a perfect situation for me to sign on the dotted line," Ellerbe said. 

According to the Sun, the Ravens and Ellerbe were unable to reach a mutually attractive contract number, despite negotiating all day on Tuesday. 

The offseason hasn't been a pretty one for the Ravens: besides Ellerbe and Kruger, the team has also lost center Matt Birk (retirement), linebacker Ray Lewis (retirement) and wide receiver Anquan Boldin (trade). 

However, on the bright side, the Ravens do know who their quarterback will be for the next six years

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