Miami Dolphins Sign Mike Wallace and Dannell Ellerbe

As expected, the Miami Dolphins have reportedly come to terms with now-former Pittsburgh Steelers wider receiver Mike Wallace.

What came in along with that news was that now-former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe has also signed with the franchise in south Florida.

Terms aren’t yet known, but what the heck I’ll speculate on that of Wallace. I think it’s either somewhere around 5 years and $60-$65 million or 6 yrs and $75-$85 million with nearly $50 million guaranteed. It should be in that ballpark.

Can’t wait to find out.

Mike Wallace’s addition gives the rising second year Dolphins’ offense a very deadly presence on the outside and quarterback Ryan Tannehill has to be happy.

The team has lost TE Anthony Fasano, and that will affect both the running and passing game even if he was no star. He was kind of good at both and not bad in any phase, so his loss will need to be addressed at that position for the team.

That’s something they can do while picking up the NFL’s fastest wideout. It most certainly opens their playbook wide open now…if and only if they get some solid help at tight end. Last year’s rookie hopeful Michael Egnew has so far done nothing, but the Dolphins have draft picks this year.

Inside Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe’s signing wasn’t nearly as foreseen. He was thought to be the heir-apparent to Ray Lewis’ old role from his retirement, but the Baltimore Ravens let yet another key cog in their championship season hit the road in the offseason and Ed Reed could be next.

Their fans can’t be too happy with the situation right now, but time will tell on that. It looks like they’ll be looking to TE Dennis Pitta for a little more production, but free agency has just begun.

December 9, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) runs with the ball after a pass reception against the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

As for the Dolphins, it’s a wealth of riches at the ILB spot and Karlos Dansby may be on the way out next – who knows? It’s a situation that bears watching, so keep an eye on it. The contract terms for him just came out.

He’s signed for 5 years and $35 million dollars.

WOW.

That’s a lot of money for a player that hasn’t really proven himself yet. The Ravens’ offer “wasn’t even in the ballpark” so it appears. the Dolphins are the ones making the early big splash, pun intended, in the free agency pool.

They’re a team now appearing to be the one that’s next in line to try and challenge the New England Patriots for the NFC East title on the arm of a hotshot gunslinging quarterback and a so far no-name backfield on the NFL level since RB Reggie Bush was allowed to go.

Reminds me of the setup going in to Dan Marino’s second year in many respects.

What shoes to fill…let the games begin!

Topics: Dannell Ellerbe, Miami Dolphins, Mike Wallace

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  • Thomas Major

    Can any one tell me why they didn’t attempt to trade Dansby? Was there a no trade clause? To just cut bait on a very serviceable LB? I know it’s a money thing, but to get absolutely nothing?
    Let me just say…I’m happy with the acquisitions today and am not an Ireland hater.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.carolan.7 Brian Carolan

      Dansby was too much for any team to pick up. Whoever wants him figured let the Phons cut him and they can negotiate a deal on their terms… Not his old contract

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