Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 9/3/13
(Eds: With AP Photo.) By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer Even before they've played a game together, the two new linebackers for the Miami Dolphins have formed a strong bond, overcoming differences in their backgrounds that could cause a rift. Dannell Ellerbe attended Georgia, while Philip Wheeler went to Georgia Tech. ''He knows they never beat us, so we're all right,'' Ellerbe said. ''As long as he knows I'm smarter than him because I went to Georgia Tech, there's no problem,'' Wheeler said. The Dolphins want their new tandem to do more than coexist. The ability of Wheeler and Ellerbe to disrupt plays with their blitzing skills is expected to result in more takeaways for a defense that found them tough to come by last year. Miami signed the two free agents to five-year deals in March and parted with Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett, the team's top two tacklers in 2012. Ellerbe received a $34.75 million contract, and Wheeler signed for $26 million. That made them cheaper than Dan...
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