Could the Buffalo Bills Sneak In and Sign Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe?

By Scott DelleFave
Dannell Ellerbe
Evan Habeeb-USA Today Sports

With all the fat cutting that the Buffalo Bills have done this offseason it has made them even more paper thin at linebacker than they were last season. Also switching defensive schemes to a base 3-4 hybrid defense would mean the Bills would need another inside linebacker, ideally a player that can play the “Will” or weak side position and someone like Dannell Ellerbe would fit perfectly in Western New York.

At 6′ 1″ tall and weighing 240 lbs, Ellerbe would be an excellent compliment to the “Mike” or middle linebacker in Kelvin Sheppard. The way the Bills could swipe him up quickly and quietly is because there are a lot of teams that are focusing in on Ellerbe’s teammate on the Baltimore Ravens in Paul Kruger and he is currently rumored in a bidding war for his services with several teams.

Ellerbe has been seen as the replacement for Ray Lewis and played extremely well when Lewis went down with his torn triceps injury in the middle of the 2012 season. The scouting report on him is that he can play any linebacker position with the exception of the “Jack” or the pass rusher due to the lack of prototypical size and speed. He can also track the quarterback’s eyes exceptionally well. As a result, Ellerbe has the ability to make plays while the ball is in the air, and that might be his greatest strength. That is one thing the Bills have direly missed this past season, the lack of turnovers being forced. Regardless, if Ellerbe ends up in Buffalo or not, he is due to cash-in greatly, come this Tuesday afternoon.

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