Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 3/12/13
No surprise, the Miami Dolphins wasted little time making splashes in free agency. The Dolphins agreed to deals with their No. 1 target, wide receiver Mike Wallace, and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. Wallace gives Miami a deep threat the team hasnt had in more than a decade. The former Steeler reportedly just needed to pass a physical before signing a five-year, 60-65 million pact and become the third-highest paid receiver behind Detroits Calvin Johnson and Arizonas Larry Fitzgerald. The Wallace deal had been expected. The Ellerbe signing was a big surprise, which led to another stunning move: the release of leading tackler Karlos Dansby. A key member of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, Ellerbe reportedly agreed to terms on a five-year, 35 million contract. The Dolphins then cut Dansby to save 3.9 million in cap space. The moves meant Miami got younger at linebacker. Ellerbe is 27, Dansby 31. The Dolphins also re-signed safety Chris Clemons to a one-year deal. Clemons had 98 tackles and two interceptions and started all 16 games last year. Certain things were known before the clock struck 4 p.m. Tuesday, when teams were allowed to start signing free agents. With approximately 30 million available under the 123 million salary cap, Miami used some of the cash to use their franchise tag on defensive tackle Randy Starks, and re-sign receiver Brian Hartline and backup quarterback Matt Moore. Other Dolphins who became free agents include running back Reggie Bush, offensive tackle Jake Long, cornerback Sean Smith, tight end Anthony Fasano and offensive tackle Nate Garner. Even before Tuesday, Bushs time with Miami appeared to be over. He reportedly was visiting the Detroit Lions, with the Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals also interested. Long, a former No. 1 pick of Miami, reportedly was in St. Louis on Tuesday to take a physical. If he passed, he was expected to sign with the Rams. The Dolphins, Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles reportedly also had interest. Miami seemed in the running to re-sign Smith, who reportedly was being pursued by the Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots. Tight end could be an issue for Miami. Fasano reportedly had agreed to a four-year deal with Kansas City. The Dolphins appeared interested in former Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook, who reportedly agreed to terms with St. Louis. Despite signing Wallace, Miami reportedly remained in the running for wide receiver Brandon Gibson. Charlie McCarthy can be reached at mac1763@bellsouth.net or on Twitter @mccarthy_chas.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
The Worst - NFL Week 3: Steve Smith, Odell Beckham & of course the Browns
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Senator introduces anti-online gambling bill to Congress

Report: Bryant a 'long shot' to play Sunday, could miss 3 weeks

SCOTUS petitioned to block $1B NFL concussion settlement

Alabama linebacker Tim Williams arrested on gun charge

Alabama’s opening week starting QB is transferring

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cubs sign Theo Epstein to five-year extension

Marlins players surrounded Jose Fernandez’s hearse during its procession

Newspaper runs insensitive headline following Mets win

Curt Schilling plans to run against Elizabeth Warren in 2018

WATCH: Tebow homers on first pitch he sees in first game

Report: Garoppolo still dealing with shoulder pain, mobility

Goodbye, Ted: 20 years of highs and lows at Turner Field

Forza Horizon 3 review: Going Top Gear

NFL Kickoff Week 4: Guess what? The NFL is dying again

Box Score: 9/29 - Sparks, Scherzer and Jaso

How the BoSox went from fringe contenders to AL East champs

WNBA semifinals preview: Will the rust show for Lynx, Sparks?

Breaking down baseball’s Cy Young ballot

TailGreater: 'Sterngating' with the Huskies

Can anyone challenge the Cavs in murky Eastern Conference?

2016 Ryder Cup preview: Five things to watch this weekend

Ryan Kesler disappointed with lack of excitement at World Cup

Lesser known MMA fighters who could be ready for the WWE

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Goodbye, Ted: 20 years of highs and lows at Turner Field

Forza Horizon 3 review: Going Top Gear

NFL Kickoff Week 4: Guess what? The NFL is dying again

WNBA semifinals preview: Will the rust show for Lynx, Sparks?

Breaking down baseball’s Cy Young ballot

TailGreater: 'Sterngating' with the Huskies

Can anyone challenge the Cavs in murky Eastern Conference?

The Worst - NFL Week 3: Steve Smith, Odell Beckham & of course the Browns

FIFA 17 review: O jogo bonito

To save his legacy Chris Bosh must first protect his health

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker