Dannell Ellerbe and the New Orleans Saints agreed to a restructured contract, ESPN's Field Yates reports.
Ellerbe signed a five-year, $35 contract with the Dolphins in 2013, then was traded to the Saints in March 2015. He's mostly been effective when healthy, but with just seven games played over the last two seasons, it was inevitable that he'd either accept a pay cut or be released. The Saints presumably have him penciled in as a starter for 2016.
Dannell Ellerbe is a candidate to be released or take a pay cut this offseason, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com. In six games this year, Ellerbe made 39 tackles (34 solo).
A toe injury suffered in the preseason cost Ellerbe the first month of the year and he missed another month and a half later in the season with a nagging hip injury. In between injuries, Ellerbe, who was acquired by New Orleans in a trade last offseason, showed flashes of brilliance, including a 13-tackle performance against Atlanta in Week 6. If Ellerbe is willing to restructure his contract and, perhaps more importantly, stay healthy, he could be an IDP asset as a starting outside linebacker for the New Orleans Saints .
Dannell Ellerbe (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
Ellerbe was only a limited participant in practices this week, but that was good enough for the New Orleans Saints to clear him to play in his first game since Oct. 25 in Indianapolis. The 30-year-old, who has produced 28 stops in the four games he's played this season, could replace James Anderson at the starting linebacker spot on the weak side.
Dannell Ellerbe (hip) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, The Times-Picayune reports.
Finally set to end his string of absences, Ellerbe is expected to suit up for the first time since Week 7. He should probably be avoided for IDP purposes, at least for one more week, as there's no assurance that he'll step back in as a three-down player.
Dannell Ellerbe (hip) was limited in practice Thursday.
Ellerbe has missed the previous five games due to a hip injury which he suffered during Week 7, but he has been able to practice in a limited capacity in back-to-back days and could be close to returning to game-time action. More information will likely surface regarding his status this Sunday once the New Orleans Saints release their Friday injury report, so IDP owners may want to check back in then for more information.
|P1||8/11/16||@ NE||7:30 pm|
|P2||8/20/16||@ HOU||8:00 pm|
|2||9/18/16||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ SD||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 5|
|7||10/23/16||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|11||11/17/16||@ CAR||8:25 pm|
|14||12/11/16||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||6||39||34.0||5||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
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|2015||New Orleans Saints||6||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
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