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Dannell Ellerbe gets $35 million contract from Dolphins, leaving Ravens, source says

The free agency exodus from the Ravens' roster wasn't expected to necessarily include starting inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.

With middle linebacker Ray Lewis retired and Jameel McClain still not cleared to play football yet following a December spinal cord contusion, the Ravens had identified Ellerbe as a negotiating priority. It didn't work out, though, 

Following a lengthy round of negotiations throughout the day Tuesday with the Super Bowl champions, Ellerbe bolted to the Miami Dolphins for a five-year, $35 million contract, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. Per the source, Ellerbe and the Super Bowl champions had much different...