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[News] Can Dannell Ellerbe Take Over For Ray Lewis Long-Term?

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Teammate Paul Kruger said Ellerbe is the 'perfect guy' for the opening ILB job.

[url=http://www.baltimoreravens.com/news/article-1/Can-Dannell-Ellerbe-Take-Over-For-Ray-Lewis-Long-Term/551edcf4-525e-423e-891a-f92086340dec]View the full article[/url]
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Give the money freed from Ray's contract to him, if its possible that is. We have to sign Joe too. It just might be over for Reed with someone like Omar Brown and Christian Thompson in the picture. I would hope Ed retires instead of going to another team.
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Ellerbeast! We need to keep him and pick up someone else for MCClain. McClain can be a back up. He is not a physical as Dannell and not fast enough. Bynes and Ellerbe would be amazing!
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I think that Ellerbe is the favorite to start at the Mike position. We really need to draft at the ILB position in the 1st or 2nd round for the future. We found out last week that we really should have taken Burflict.
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Posted · Hidden by Grapple Raven, January 4, 2013 - Off topic · Report post

My mind is telling me not to trust Ozzie Newsome in the Post Ray Lewis era.

Reason being is that he's been too conservative. I have a feeling he won't take any risks to trade up for Manti Te'o. And I think we won't be able to get a strong Left Tackle for the future.

Ozzie, now is the time! NOW is the time! Start taking risks be aggressive in building this team post Ray Lewis! Being conservative will not work anymore!
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If we sign ellerbe(even though he is injury prone), then inside linebacker will be set. I believe Ozzie will free up massive cap space resulting in a scourge of older players past their playing days simiilar to 2011 with mason, heap, and kelly gregg.

Guys, IN OZZIE WE TRUST, he will get the job done.
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Really hope J-Mac can recover from his neck injury. It would be very sad to see that end his career though with that type of injury it definitely seems like a strong possibility. If J-Mac is gone we're gonna have to sign Ellerbee, try to find some defensive steals in the second and later rounds, and rely heavily on our offense. Its not Ray Lewis' team anymore. This needs to be Flacco's team or we won't be successful.
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Ellerbe is Good, not great he has Speed... and fundamentals to play the passing game well..

However he is injury Prone.
He could make a handful of future pro bowls if healthy, and we should resign him because he is the best option at MLB we have right now.
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going to be hard to keep both Kruger and Ellerbe. Every team wants to poach our defensive players. Hopefully we can, after a Joe deal gets done. Cary is another CB we need to keep for the right price too. Problem is, dont think we have the money for all 3 if they all decide to play hardball with deals
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ellerbe has stepped up this season but im not sold yet because of his inconsistent play of past years and injury issues the past few years. i wouldnt break the bank to resign him and we need to draft a few guys and give more reps to josh bynes.
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i think resigning kruger is the bigger priority. he is becoming a beast and the sky is the limit with him
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Posted · Hidden by Grapple Raven, January 4, 2013 - Off topic · Report post

I agree that Teo is a great college LB , but Ellerbe is a proven commodity, he can dominate with his speed, IMHO the best move would be to sign Ellerbe, let Cary W and Kruger walk, and trade up for Jarvis Jones, JJones will be the next superstar in the NFL. We can sign Kruger also if we let Ed Reed move on , with J Smith, Webby, CBrown, and OBrown I think we will develop into a fantastic Defensive back field.
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I like Ellerbe a lot. He has all the right tools and a great attitude. Still he's high risk with the constant injuries he has had.
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this is the part i hate the most about the NFL.. you put all this time and money on these guys to learn our whole system here...for what?? to let them go to other teams to become our apposition.. Like Ellerbe, This guy is a obvious keeper !!! but all the money grubbing and the agents who misguide these young guys is just ruining this sport !! That's why i believe when all the ray lewis' are gone from this sport the NFL will slowly fade away and become a joke... They will probably be playing Flag Football by then and the most common injury will be a hangnail... Make no error,guys, This is a beginning of the End of a whole sports Era.....Pretty Scary, HUH !
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I'm optimistic about Ellerbe doing a good job "replacing" Ray on the field. Well, maybe not the Ray Lewis at his best, but Ellerbe will be fine.

BTW, won't he be a free agent after the season?

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Posted · Hidden by Grapple Raven, January 4, 2013 - Off topic · Report post

[quote name='1winningsam' timestamp='1357261558' post='1288556']
I think the Ravens should trade up to draft Te'o
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http://www.draftcountdown.com/features/Value-Chart.php

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Posted · Hidden by Grapple Raven, January 4, 2013 - Off topic · Report post

If not Manti Te'o there is also another guy named Arthur Brown from Kansas St.

He is also more realistic!
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I think Ellerbe is def our best option. When he was healthy this season, or on the field for that matter, he was argubly our best defender. He has great speed, he is an excellent blitzer, and he can stop the run as well as play the pass well. I don't think we will have to break the bank either, cause he has only had one good season, and he is injury prone. So he probably won't get a lot of money anywhere else. I know he can take over for Ray, but we just have to keep him in a Ravens uniform.

Another thing, is kruger a FA? Cause we really need to retain him as well. He has played very well here of late, and with a healthy suggs, kruger will only get better.

Lewis retiring will give us a little extra money to spend as well i believe, so that will help. I have all faith in Ozzie to retain these guys, and i think our D willl rise again next season.
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Also we could get Patrick Willis and he still wouldn't fully replace Ray Lewis. Hope people realize this. A Ray Lewis wont come around for another 20-30 years in all likely hood.
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Ellerbe is too injury prone. If he stays for a reasonable price i would love to keep him around because he is solid when on the field. But draft a LB and see what is available in FA. Kruger is average. I would rather let him walk and pickup someone else like Kiwanuka.
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Ellerbe can replace Lewis's current level of production for a few seasons, but for long term I think we need to draft a 1st round caliber ILB this spring.
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