The Saints thought enough of Ellerbe to take him as part of the deal that sent one of their young up-and-comers, Kenny Stills, to Miami.
Ellerbe only played one game in the 2014 season after suffering a season-ending hip injury. That injury has lingered somewhat in the offseason, where Ellerbe has had limited participation.
Once healthy, Ellerbe should return to his more natural position as weakside linebacker. As of now, he's penciled in to start alongside David Hawthorne.
At 29 with some years in the league, the Saints are also hoping Ellerbe can bring production and a strong veteran presence to a locker room that lacked in that area last year.
Ellerbe may be new to the NFC, but he is quite familiar with his new home stadium. He won a Super Bowl ring in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as a member of the Baltimore Ravens in February 2013.