Dannell Ellerbe has played both weak-side and middle linebacker this season, filling in for the injured Ray Lewis when he was sidelined due to a torn triceps.
This season for the Baltimore Ravens, Ellerbe contributed to 92 tackles with 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He missed three games due to an injury, and Baltimore lost all three of those games.
While their losses cannot be solely attributed to Ellerbe's absence, it was obvious the Ravens missed their dynamic pass blitzer and solid rush defender. He has become a valuable member of the Ravens defense, and they will most likely look to retain him, especially since Ray Lewis announced his impending retirement.
Keith Brooking has done a decent job filling in at middle linebacker this season; however, the Broncos will probably want to add some depth and fresh blood over the offseason to solidify their linebacking corps.
If Ellerbe decides to test the market and is not retained by the Ravens, he would be a tremendous addition to the already outstanding Broncos defensive unit in 2013.