Three Steps for the Saints to Win the South in '15

Yeah, I know it's way too early to think about things like this just yet. Full 90-man rosters haven't even hit the field together yet. But when a team is looking to rebound from a disappointing season, they need a plan, right?Well, in reality, it's never too early to start thinking about winning the division. And as proven last year, even when this division is bad, it is still competitive...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

NFL Post-Draft Power Rankings: How Good is the Saints Defense?

View image | gettyimages.com The NFL Draft is now in the past.  Teams are finished assembling their 90-man rosters. Also, teams are beginning to get to work and are getting primed for serious offseason programs. As the draft has now concluded and NFL teams are now moving to a period of actual season preparation, we at TopSportsReport thought it’d be a good time to evaluate...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Filling the biggest hole in the New Orleans Saints defense

Long ago, in a Saints era far, far away, there were linebackers. Stud linebackers who played a brand of defense that other NFL teams envied and wanted to be like. A time when the Saints defense was feared and teams actually wondered if they could throw against them or even run through the defensive line. Man, that seems like decades ago (it actually was) when Sam Mills, Vaugh Johnson...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Can a New Look Fulfill Old Expectations in New Orleans?

Change.In the National Football League, that can be one of the biggest words in your vocabulary. And as a player, it can be one of the single most grounding words. For at this level, change can signal both the beginning if a career, but also, for some, signal the end that they weren't quite ready to see come.And as painful as that can be for players, it can be worse yet for a loyal...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints trade WR Kenny Stills to the Miami Dolphins for MLB Dannell Ellerbe

Trade for Saints: I’m a little confused why the Saints wanted to move Kenny Stills. I understand why they wanted to move Jimmy Graham and Ben Grubbs. The Saints were in salary cap hell and needed to get expensive players off their books. Stills, however, was still on a rookie deal, so he wasn’t taking up much cap space. He was also a valuable young asset in their receiving corps...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

A New Plan: Saints Restructuring All Around

Keeping up with the moves New Orleans has made this offseason is not getting easier. The Saints have traded out some really great talent on the offensive side of the ball, and simply cut those not contributing enough defensively. Ultimately, I feel New Orleans is making more longer term adjustments than anything else. Why is this the offseason to make these moves, and what else is...
Via Pro Football Spot
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Newest New Orleans Saints linebacker agrees to a massive paycut

Yesterday I wrote about how even though the New Orleans Saints have made a ton of cost-cutting moves this offseason, they’re still extremely limited in regards to cap room. Today they took another step towards tightening their belts… AROUND COVER32 Power Rankings: How all 32 NFL teams stack up one week into free agency NFL Draft Preview: The 10 best edge pass rushers on the...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Blogger intel on C. J. Spiller and Dannell Ellerbe

Fortunately there is a Dolphins and Bills blog on the Bloguin Network so getting some very informed intel on the Saints two newest players was a direct message away. Many thanks to both for their content. I can’t promise the same comedy that I got on Max Unger but as you can see below I can offer good insight into players we don’t know much about. First I turned to Joe (@BuffaloWins...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins Lucky Friday The Thirteenth.

The Miami Dolphins Brass of Mike Tannenbaum, and Dennis Hickey go for the throat in an aggressive break of the final straw while swinging a black cat by the tail, and walking under ladders on Friday The Thirteenth.Trade winds of an absolutely wild Friday the Thirteenth blew Northward from Miami through New Orleans and into Minnesota. It was like watching the bottom line ticker of...
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March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Stills to Dolphins from Saints for Ellerbe and draft pick

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Dolphins have acquired receiver Kenny Stills from the New Orleans Saints for linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round draft pick this year. Stills, 22, started only six games last year but had 63 receptions for 931 yards and three touchdowns. He had just 32 catches as a rookie in 2013, but averaged 20 yards per receptions and scored five times. Ellerbe,...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints trade Kenny Stills to Miami for Dannell Ellerbe

Trades, trades and more trades… Saints acquire Dannell Ellerbe and a 3rd round pick for WR Kenny Stills. Love the trade for Miami. Stills is very young, good and cheap… — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 13, 2015 Wow. So what exactly are the Saints doing? Earlier they seemed to be shredding salary by getting rid of Jimmy Graham and Ben Grubbs but now they are acquiring...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints trade Kenny Stills to Miami for Dannell Ellerbe

Trades, trades and more trades… Saints acquire Dannell Ellerbe and a 3rd round pick for WR Kenny Stills. Love the trade for Miami. Stills is very young, good and cheap… — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 13, 2015 Wow. So what exactly are the Saints doing? Earlier they seemed to be shredding salary by getting rid of Jimmy Graham and Ben Grubbs but now they are acquiring...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Dolphins Trying To Sign TE Charles Clay To An Extension

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Dolphins are now attempting to sign TE Charles Clay to a contract extension after they freed up some cap space in a trade with the Saints. Miami sent LB Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick to New Orleans in return for WR Kenny Stills. Last night, the Dolphins signed ...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints trade Kenny Stills for Dannell Ellerbe and a 3rd Round Draft Choice to Dolphins

In a move even more shocking than the Jimmy Graham trade, the Saints have parted ways with Kenny Stills. He’s been traded to the Dolphins for a 3rd round pick and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. This deal almost has to have a new contract involved for Ellerbe, who is grossly overpaid. Ellerbe played in 2013 with a bad Pro Football Focus rating and spent 2014 on IR with a hip injury...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Trade Kenny Stills to the Dolphins

The New Orleans Saints continue what has been an odd offseason for the suddenly fledgling franchise. Just days after trading Jimmy Graham, New Orleans has sent young wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick. Getting a pick back in this deal makes some sense. Acquiring a free-agent bust in Ellerbe for a receiver that put...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

REPORT: Miami Dolphins trade for New Orleans Saints wideout

According to Pro Football Talk, the Miami Dolphins are currently finalizing a trade with the New Orleans Saints in which they would pick up wide receiver Kenny Stills. Dolphins will get WR Kenny Stills, Saints get LB Dannell Ellerbe and Miami’s third-rounder, per source. — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 13, 2015 Stills, a speedster selected in the fifth round of the...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins trade Ellerbe and a 3rd for Saints WR Kenny Stills

The reign of Mike Tannenbaum and Dennis Hickey continues as the Dolphins pull off what might be considered the greatest heist of the offseason yet. The Miami Dolphins have just traded linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick to the New Orleans Saints for wide receiver Kenny Stills.Stills, a 22 year old former fifth-round pick for the New Orleans Saints, is a talented young...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Dolphins Working On Restructured Deals For WR Mike Wallace & LB Dannell Ellerbe

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins are working on restructured deals for WR Mike Wallace and LB Dannell Ellerbe. “We’re working through the process with both,” a high-ranking team source tells Salguero. Alex Marvez of FOX Sports recently reported that the reason why the Dolphins have yet to announce the release of Ellerbe is because ...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Source: Dolphins trying to trade linebackers Ellerbe, Wheeler

Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler were two of Miami's big free-agent acquisitions in 2013. Two years later at the start of the free-agent signing period, both linebackers are on the trading block. A source told NFL on FOX that the Dolphins are trying to deal Ellerbe and Wheeler before the league's calendar year begins at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday. If unable to find a suitor, Miami is expected...
Via Fox Sports
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Dolphins Trying To Trade LBs Philip Wheeler & Dannell Ellerbe

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that the reason why the Dolphins haven’t announced the release of either linebackers Philip Wheeler or Dannell Ellerbe is because they are trying to trade them before 4 PM EST today. Previous reports had said that the Dolphins were releasing Ellerbe and planned to make Wheeler a post-June 1 release. Both of ...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Dolphins To Release LB Dannell Ellerbe Soon

Armando Salguero reports that the Dolphins will be releasing LB Dannell Ellerbe at some point in the near future. Salguero adds that the Dolphins will also make a decision regarding whether to cut, trade, or get WR Mike Wallace to take a pay cut some time soon. Miami continues to shed salary before the start of free agency, ...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins designate LB Philip Wheeler as first post-June 1st cut

In what is possibly the most predictable roster decision the team has had to make in a very long time, the Miami Dolphins have decided to part ways with outside linebacker Philip Wheeler.Wheeler, an eight-year veteran, signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2013 on a 5-year / $26,000,000 contract  after having a sort of breakout season the year before with the Oakland Raiders. He and...
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March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Free Agency, Browns, Dolphins, Falcons, & Ravens

Free Agency Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk lists the Falcons, Buccaneers, Raiders, Jaguars, and Bills as teams that could end up being big spenders in free agency this year. Browns Jason La Canfora expects the NFL to hand down punishment this week for the Browns and GM Ray Farmer texting coaches down on the field in the middle of games. Dolphins Barry Jackson of the...
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Five worst salary cap situations

The National Football League employs a salary cap, something many teams are trying to figure out creative ways to circumvent. Some of those teams get greedy and backload massive contracts and try to restructure larger deals on a yearly basis, pushing the money further into the future. At some point, you must pay the price. The New Orleans Saints are the ultimate case and point, but...
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Position review: Dolphins linebacker play proved a mixed bag in 2014

At the start of the 2014 season, the Miami Dolphins linebackers were widely considered the weak link in their defense despite the stability from largely retaining the same core from the previous year. That was before starters Koa Misi and Dannell Ellerbe went down with injuries in their season opener against the New England Patriots, which forced the coaching staff to continue shuffling...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss
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