It seems the Eagles were still able to make some news today, despite being on bye. The team will reportedly be signing veteran linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com (Twitter link).
Ellerbe is best known for his time playing opposite Ray Lewis during the Ravens 2012-13 Super Bowl run. Since then the soon-to-be 32-year-old has played for both the Dolphins and Saints, collecting 140 tackles during his four years since leaving Baltimore. The linebacker played in just 15 games with New Orleans over the past two years, but is certainly coming in refreshed having not appeared in a game this season.
The former undrafted linebacker out of the University of Georgia will join an Eagles linebacking core that consists of starters Nigel Bradham, Najee Goode and Mychal Kendricks. The team’s backup options include Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nate Gerry and Joe Walker. Philadelphia was forced to place talented third-year linebacker Jordan Hicks on the IR with an achilles injury a few weeks ago.
Ellerbe likely won’t be forced into a starting spot barring anymore injuries, but the veteran should bring some depth to a defensive unit that is allowing the least amount of rushing yards per game in the NFL (66.4) heading into this week’s action.
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