Standing at his locker inside team headquarters,
Ellerbe has established himself as a valuable defender for the
Now, it's up in the air whether the Ravens will be able to afford Ellerbe as an unrestricted free agent or if he'll wind up playing in another NFL city next season.
"I know the defense, I love the city, I know people here, I have a good relationship with coaches, I know the playbook," Ellerbe said. "Everything that I could possibly want is here, but it's a business. It's not up to me. If it was up to me, I'd be here."
With star middle linebacker
However, the Ravens invested a three-year, $10.5 million contract in middle linebacker
And Ellerbe could command lucrative offers as a free agent despite a history of durability issues as he battled a broken thumb, sprained thumb, left foot and a sprained right ankle this season in 13 games and seven starts. Last season, he was plagued by hamstring problems.
Nonetheless, Ellerbe is talented.
"When he’s out there, he’s always been good,”
When a reporter asked Ellerbe if Lewis was passing the torch to him, the former University of Georgia standout wasn't enthused about that characterization, saying, "Nah, I wouldn't say that."