At the start of the 2015 league year, the Saints acquired this sideline-to-sideline player to bolster the linebacking corps. In his first season with the Black and Gold, Ellerbe played in six games in four starts while fighting hip and toe injuries and accumulated 45 tackles (39 solo), one pass defensed, his first career forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Baltimore Ravens out of Georgia in 2008, the versatile linebacker has played in 68 career games with 34 starts and has totaled 338 tackles (249 solo), 6.5 sacks, three interceptions, one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries, 13 passes defensed, 18 special teams stops and one coverage forced fumble.
NFL CAREER – At the start of the 2015 league year, the Saints acquired this sideline-to-sideline player to bolster the linebacking corps. In his first season with the Black and Gold, Ellerbe played in six games in four starts while fighting hip and toe injuries and accumulated 45 tackles (39 solo), one pass defensed, his first career forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Baltimore Ravens out of Georgia in 2008, the versatile linebacker has played in 68 career games with 34 starts and has totaled 338 tackles (249 solo), 6.5 sacks, three interceptions, one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries, 13 passes defensed, 18 special teams stops and one coverage forced fumble.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Acquired by the Saints from Miami with a third round draft pick in exchange for WR Kenny Stills, 3/13/15; Placed by the Dolphins on Injured Reserve, 9/8/14; Signed by the Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent from Baltimore, 3/12/13; Re-signed by Baltimore to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent, 3/13/12; Re-signed by Baltimore to a one-year contract as an exclusive rights free agent, 7/30/11; Re-signed by Baltimore to a one-year contract as an exclusive rights free agent, 5/18/10; Originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Baltimore, 5/8/09.
2015 – Appeared in six games with four starts, missing 10 games due to hip and toe injuries, but proving to be effective when on the field. In all, posted 45 tackles (39 solo), a pass defensed, his first career forced fumble and a fumble recovery…Missed the first three games of the season (toe)…Made his Saints debut vs. Dallas, Oct. 4, recording a solo tackle…Started at WLB at Philadelphia, Oct. 11, tallying 12 tackles (11 solo) and one pass defensed…Started vs. Atlanta, Oct. 15, and posted a career-high-tying 14 tackles, including a career-high 12 solo stops. Added his first career caused fumble and a fumble recovery…Started and tied for the team lead with seven tackles (six solo) at Indianapolis, Oct. 25…Inactive for the next five games with a hip injury…Saw action on defense and recorded six solo tackles at Tampa Bay, Dec. 13…Made the start at WLB vs. Detroit, Dec. 21, and tallied five tackles, three of which were solo tackles…Missed the final two games of the season with a hip injury. 2014 – Started and posted two solo tackles in season opener vs. New England, Sept. 7, before being placed on Injured Reserve (hip). 2013 – Started 15 games in first season in Miami. Ranked third on Dolphins with a career-high 101 tackles (70 solo) and added five passes defensed, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a sack with five games of double-digit stops. Led team in tackles six times and finished second twice…Made Dolphins debut in starting role and tied for team lead with six tackles at Cleveland, Sept. 8…Led team with 14 tackles at Indianapolis, Sept. 15…Tied for team lead with eight tackles and recovered a fumble at New Orleans, Sept. 30…After missing one contest (shoulder), returned to starting role at New England, Oct. 27, and led team with 11 tackles…Had four tackles, four passes defensed and one interception of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton vs. Cincinnati, Oct. 31…Led the team with 11 tackles and a sack of Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon at Tampa Bay, Nov. 11…Had an interception off a Geno Smith pass with 32 seconds left in the first half to set up a Caleb Sturgis field goal with nine seconds left in the half at N.Y. Jets, Dec. 1. 2012 – Played in 13 regular season games with seven starts for the Baltimore Ravens and recorded 89 tackles (66 solo), 4.5 sacks for 29.5 yards in losses, two passes defensed, three special teams stops and a coverage forced fumble. Started all four playoff games as the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII and finished tied for second on the team with 32 tackles (25 solo) and also recorded two passes defensed and one interception…Registered eight tackles, 1.5 sacks for 12.5 yards in losses and a special teams stop vs. New England, Sept. 23…Led team with 12 tackles (nine solo) and had a pass defensed at Houston, Oct. 21…Tied season-high with 12 tackles at Pittsburgh, Nov. 18…Missed three games (ankle)…Returned to the starting lineup and led team with five solo tackles for a defense that held Giants to 186 total net yards and 20-percent (2-of-10) on third down vs. N.Y. Giants, Dec. 23…Ranked third on team with nine tackles (eight solo) in the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game vs. Indianapolis, 1/6/13…Netted nine solo tackles in 38-35 double overtime victory in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Denver, 1/12/13…Produced five tackles, one pass defensed and first-career postseason interception in AFC Championship Game at New England, 1/20/13. 2011 – Saw action in nine regular season games with three starts and recorded 17 tackles (13 solo) and one special teams stop. Played in two playoff games with one start and recorded six tackles (three solo)…Started his first game of the season in place of an injured Ray Lewis and had three tackles vs. Cincinnati, Nov. 20…Led team with seven tackles at Cleveland, Dec. 4…Started and posted three tackles in the AFC Championship Game at New England, 1/22/12. 2010 – Played in 11 regular season games with a start and recorded 29 tackles (22 solo), a sack for a loss of 13 yards and a pass defensed. Played in two playoff games and recorded seven tackles (five solo) and a forced fumble…Posted six tackles and first career sack vs. New Orleans, Dec. 19, dropping Saints quarterback Drew Brees for a 13-yard loss…Had six tackles and one forced fumble in Divisional Playoff Game at Pittsburgh, 1/15/11. 2009 – Saw action in 13 regular season games with three starts as only undrafted free agent to make the Ravens’ opening-day 53-man roster for a squad that finished second in the AFC and third in the NFL in total defense. Recorded 55 tackles (37 solo), four passes defensed, a fumble recovery, a 28-yard interception return and also netted eight special teams stops. Started both playoff games and recorded 16 tackles (15 solo)…Made NFL debut at New England, Oct. 4, and posted six tackles on a defense that held the Patriots to 2.8 yards per rush…Registered a fumble recovery and an interception for a 28-yard return at Oakland, 1/3/10…Had six tackles in AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at New England, 1/10/10…Posted 10 tackles in AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Indianapolis, 1/16/10.
COLLEGE – A four-year letterman and two-year starter at the University of Georgia from 2005-08. Played in 43 career games. Totaled 148 tackles, 8.5 sacks, three interceptions, two fumbles recovered and one forced fumble…Appeared in 10 games (nine starts) as a senior in 2008. Posted 33 tackles and one interception…Played in 13 games, making 11 starts as a junior in 2007. Earned second team All-SEC honors by the Associated Press and the Southeastern Conference coaches. Finished as team’s leading tackler with 93 tackles (63 solo) and added 12.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception…Appeared in 10 games and recorded seven tackles as a sophomore in 2006…Part of a Southeastern Conference Championship team (10-3) as a redshirt freshman in 2005. Played in 10 games. Produced 15 tackles (11 solo), two sacks and an interception…Graduated in Dec. 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in housing.
PERSONAL – Attended Richmond County (Rockingham, N.C.) HS…Earned All-State honors by the AP and was an All-Mid-Atlantic Team and All-Mid-Southeastern pick by SuperPrep as a senior…Posted 165 tackles and nine sacks…Named the Defensive MVP of the 2003 Shrine Bowl (N.C.-S.C. All-Star Game) in which he had nine tackles, three passes defensed and an interception…Also participated in track and field, earning a high jump of 6’6” as a junior…Worked with local schools in Ravens’ bowling, laser tag, Dave & Buster’s and go-karting events…An avid supporter of Ravens teammates’ charitable initiatives, including Jameel McClain’s Thanksgiving Distribution, the Ben Grubbs Thanksgiving Distribution at the Park Heights Boys & Girls Club and the Lardarius Webb Charity Bowling Classic…An active participant in Ravens team activities, including the Countdown to Kickoff BBQ, a Purple Evening and the Goodwill Gridiron Halloween Party…Joined Dolphins teammates to distribute packages for the Salvation Army Holiday Gift Distribution in 2013…In 2015, visited Ochsner Medical Center and delivered Christmas gifts to pediatric, cancer and transplant patients…Participated in NFL Finance Camp at the University of Miami (Fla.) School of Business Administration in March, 2015…Born Nov. 29, 1985 in Hamlet, N.C.
Watch the top plays from outside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe during the 2016 regular season (New Orleans Saints Video)
Saints linebacker Danell Ellerbe met with media Friday, Dec. 2 and talked about the defenses improved since he return from a quad injury earlier in the season (New Orleans Saints Video)
New Orleans Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe soars in to recover a fumble by Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell.
Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe speaks with media following today's practice at the Greenbrier (Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon)