Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet Dannell Ellerbe

The Miami Dolphins went outside of the normal free agency box by euthanizing longtime, overpaid middle linebacker Karlos Dansby with the new over-the-counter, youth enhancing "wonder-drug" named Dannell Ellerbe.

It was a legally prescribed shot, although some side effects include loss of mental awareness:

Dannell is actually a Happy-Go-Lucky, laid-back kind of guy:

He was an un-drafted rookie in 2009 which resulted in his carrying a chip on his shoulder to this day! Ellerbe feels he was slapped in the face by not being drafted. Having something to prove is what drives him to become great!

Upon the announcement that the 2012 season would be the last for the All-Time Great Ray Lewis, it was basically a given that Dannell Ellerbe would be his 2013 replacement. An early season injury to Lewis actually gave Ellerbe a jump start to his career.

Here are a few Raven teammate quotes as to the possibility of his replacing a legend.

Paul Kruger, linebacker:
"I think he’s the perfect guy for the job. He plays his tail off every game. He definitely brings a similar energy that Ray brought with the big hits and exciting plays. You’ve seen the same games I have. That guy’s a beast."
Vontae Leach, fullback:
"When he’s out there, he’s always done well. He’s physical, fast, and he can cover a lot of receivers and tight ends. I hope we can hold onto him."
Ellerbe is a former Georgia Bulldog from the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, with 89 tackles and four and a half sacks for 2012. He played through two broken thumbs and a toe injury in 13 games. He was inactive for three Raven losses with an ankle injury.

Dannell comes to the Miami Dolphins at 6-1, 240 pounds. He has a 4.6 forty yard dash, and he will be 28 years old near week 12 of the 2013 season. Ellerbe is four years to the month younger than Dansby, who was in his final contract year for Miami.

Here is Ellerbe's introductory press conference with the Miami Dolphins

What are your thoughts about the Dolphins pursuing the fountain of youth?

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