The Saints have figured out a way to keep Dannell Ellerbe in town.
The New Orleans and the linebacker agreed to a restructured deal, of which the details are not currently known.
Under the provisions of his previous agreement, Ellerbe’s base salary of $4.1 million was due to become guaranteed this week. The linebacker’s previous contract also stipulates he be paid a $1 million roster bonus on the third day of the league year.
Ellerbe was a valuable player for the Saints last year when he was on the field though he only appeared in six games due to injury. Due to his injury history, weakside linebacker appears to be one of the team’s bigger needs entering the offseason.
New Orleans acquired Ellerbe from the Dolphins last offseason as part of the trade that sent wide receiver Kenny Stills to Miami. Ellerbe, who signed a three-year deal with the Dolphins prior to the 2013 season, only appeared in one game during 2014.
The Saints have cleaned the ranks at linebacker this offseason, parting ways with veterans David Hawthorne and Ramon Humber earlier this week.