Ellerbe, 31, has played in 77 career NFL games and made 42 starts since entering the league in 2009. During that span, he’s recorded 272 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 13 passes defensed, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles.
The Baltimore Ravens signed Ellerbe, who went to Georgia, as an undrafted rookie free agent. He played four years there before earning a big money deal with the Dolphins. After two seasons in South Beach, Miami traded Ellerbe and a third-round pick to the Saints in exchange for Kenny Stills. New Orleans waived Ellerbe this summer after he suffered a foot injury in July and was placed on injured reserve.
The Eagles are likely checking up on Ellerbe’s medical status. They clearly already have familiarity with the linebacker thanks to the Joe Douglas connection.
Philadelphia is in need of extra linebacker depth after Jordan Hicks suffered a season-ending Achilles injury last Monday. Hicks is still officially on the 53-man roster so the Eagles could open up a spot for Ellerbe by moving Hicks to injured reserve.
The 6-2, 245 pound Ellerbe has some talent but he’s struggled to stay healthy during his career. Maybe he’s worth taking a chance on.