Originally written on Gridiron Grit  |  Last updated 3/12/13

BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 13: Kevin Smith #34 of the Detroit Lions is stopped by Dannell Ellerbe #59 of the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Lions 48-3. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
After agreeing to terms with former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe to a five-year, $35 million deal at the start of 2013 NFL Free Agency Tuesday, the Miami Dolphins will now reportedly be releasing Karlos Dansby, per ESPN’s Adam Shefter. Though the Ravens’ loss of Ellerbe comes as a huge blow and somewhat of a shock to some, Miami’s move to cut ties with Dansby comes as no surprise as the 31-year-old veteran linebacker became expendable with Ellerbe’s arrival. After six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2004-09), Dansby signed the richest contract for an insider linebacker in league history with the ‘Fins a few years ago back in 2010.  In three seasons with the Dolphins, Dansby appeared in 46 contests (45 starts) and recorded 332 tackles with 6.0 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble.  He also had $15.1 million remaining on his contract. UPDATE: Miami has also reportedly agreed to terms with former Oakland Raiders linebacker Phillip Wheeler, per Pro Football T...
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