Dannell Ellerbe, Baltimore Ravens to keep talking contract

The Ravens and representatives for Dannell Ellerbe plan on talking Tuesday morning to see if they can work out a deal to keep the starting linebacker in Baltimore, a source apprised of the situation said Monday.

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Baltimore internally considers Ellerbe the top priority among its impending free agents but has held off on negotiating until the team could get a clearer picture of what its cap situation would look like going forward. The Ravens cleared $6 million in cap space by trading Anquan Boldin on Monday to the San Francisco 49ers.

Ellerbe drew interest from teams employing both 3-4 and 4-3 fronts during the negotiating period over the weekend. If the Ravens and Ellerbe can't work out a deal by Tuesday at 4 p.m. EDT, he'll be free to sign with one of them.

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