Well, that didn’t take long.
Following the Miami Dolphins’ acquisition of former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, we immediately listed aging linebackers Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett as potential targets to be released.
The Dolphins quickly made their decision by reportedly releasing Dansby. An Ellerbe-for-Dansby swap certainly counts as an upgrade in Miami for several reasons.
For starters, Ellerbe (27) is four years younger and is entering his prime. Dansby (31) also was more expensive and played much of last year with a triceps injury. In the past, Dansby had weight issues and was high maintenance at times. He was productive but didn’t make enough game-changing plays to merit his big salary. Most in Miami felt Dansby was overpaid.
Ellerbe comes to Miami after helping lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl. Despite playing with star players like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs, many felt Ellerbe was Baltimore's best defensive player during the second half of the season and in the playoffs.
The Dolphins are getting a player on the way up (Ellerbe) and getting rid of an expensive player on the way down (Dansby). Miami also signed dynamic receiver Mike Wallace and re-signed starting safety Chris Clemons on Tuesday.
Miami’s front office has made a lot of mistakes in the past. But it is hard to argue with the tremendous job the Dolphins are doing on the first day of free agency.