The Miami Dolphins have traded linebacker Dannell Ellerbe to the New Orleans Saints, according to multiple media reports. The move will land the team wide receiver Kenny Stills, but will cost Miami a third-round draft pick, as well.
Following the details on Twitter:
Dolphins will get WR Kenny Stills, Saints get LB Dannell Ellerbe and Miami's third-rounder, per source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 13, 2015
Trading away Ellerbe will give the team $4.2 million in dead money, but will add $5.65 million in cap space. Stills, a fifth-round pick of the Saints in 2013, has two years left on his rookie contract, with camp numbers of $585,000 in 2015 and $675,000 in 2016.
Signed by the Dolphins before the 2013 season, Ellerbe was installed as the team's starting middle linebacker. He started 15 games in his first year, tallying 101 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, and two fumbles recovered. After moving from middle linebacker to stong side llinebacker, he was injured in the first game of the 2014 season and spending the rest of the year on injured reserve.
Stills has appeared in 31 games for the Saints, starting 17 of them. He has caught 95 passes for 1,572 yards with eight touchdowns in that time. The 6-foot, 194-pound Stills played college football at the University of Oklahoma from 2010 to 2012. He recorded 204 receptiosnf or 2,594 yards and 24 touchdowns during his college career.
Plus, he's fast:
Kenny Stills' 40 time at Combine: 4.38.— Hal Habib (@gunnerhal) March 13, 2015