"Good meeting, it went well," agent Hadley Engelhard told The Baltimore Sun. "It was good to have a face-to-face with [vice president of football administration] Pat Moriarty and talk about things we already knew and have discussed."
Ellerbe and other Baltimore free agents remain in something of a holding pattern while the Ravens continue to haggle with quarterback
"They're obviously focusing on the short-term on the Flacco issue first," Engelhard said. "The next focal point is Dannell. Hopefully, it will work out. We plan on meeting many, many times between now and free agency."
As a pending unrestricted free agent, though, Ellerbe is expected to draw heavy interest following a breakout season capped with a team-high nine tackles during a
"I think Dannell has proven himself to be one of the elite young linebackers in the
Ellerbe, 27, was an undrafted free agent in 2009 out of the University of Georgia but emerged as a versatile three-down linebacker last season.
Although he battled ankle, foot, thumb and back injuries, Ellerbe finished second on the defense with a career-high 89 tackles along with 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
In the playoffs, Ellerbe had 32 tackles and intercepted
With Lewis leaving and inside linebacker
Ideally, Ellerbe would like to return.
"This is all I know," Ellerbe said. "It's a family-oriented team. Guys love each other and fight for each other. I would love to be with a team like this."