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Karlos Dansby | Linebacker

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (32) / 11/3/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 251
College: Auburn
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Browns agreed to terms with ILB Karlos Dansby, formerly of the Cardinals, on a four-year, $24 million contract.
The deal includes $10 million in the first year and $14 million guaranteed. The Browns are paying a hefty premium for a 32-year-old player that only garnered a one-year, $2.25 million contract a year ago, but they are getting an upgrade on D'Qwell Jackson. New coach Mike Pettine can plug Dansby into his 3-4 scheme and expect plus grades against the run as well as the pass. Dansby piled up 114 tackles, 6.5 sacks, four interceptions and 19 pass breakups as a key cog in the desert last year. Mar 11 - 2:44 PM

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The Browns have reportedly emerged as the favorite to land free agent ILB Karlos Dansby.

The Cardinals and Titans are also in the mix, but it sounds like the Browns are offering the most cash. It's a strong play as new coach Mike Pettine installs his difference-making defensive scheme. Dansby would be a significant upgrade on D'Qwell Jackson, who was cut two weeks ago and subsequently signed a $22 million deal with the Colts.
Mar 11 - 1:33 PM

The Arizona Republic doesn't expect the Cardinals to retain free agent ILB Karlos Dansby.

The Cardinals reportedly have a two-year, $10-12 million deal on the table for Dansby. But that's not expected to be enough, as teams like the Browns and Titans are reportedly hot on his trail. Dansby been our No. 1 inside linebacker available in free agency since Donald Butler re-signed with the Chargers.
Mar 11 - 1:14 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns will pursue free agent ILB Karlos Dansby on Tuesday.

Dansby is also wanted in Tennessee and Arizona. In Cleveland, he would replace D'Qwell Jackson with a rookie possibly starting at the other inside linebacker. The Browns were "unsatisfied" with ILB Craig Robertson in 2013.
Mar 11 - 8:26 AM

The Cardinals have offered free agent ILB Karlos Dansby a two-year deal worth $10 million to $12 million.

Considering the Colts just gave D'Qwell Jackson a four-year deal worth $5.5 million annually -- and Dansby is going-away the superior player -- this probably won't cut it. Dansby is going to test the market while the Cards hope he brings his best offer back to them. He's the premier inside linebacker available.
Mar 9 - 5:09 PM

The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt expects the Titans to pursue free agent ILB Karlos Dansby.

After striking out on D'Qwell Jackson, Dansby is a logical next step for the Titans. Tennessee will not be the only players in the Dansby sweepstakes, however, and Arizona looks poised to fight tooth and nail to retain the talented linebacker. Dansby is our No. 1 free-agent inside linebacker.
Mar 8 - 12:20 PM

The Arizona Republic says the Cardinals "can't afford to lose" free agent ILB Karlos Dansby.

Things on the Dansby front got harder for GM Steve Keim on Thursday as the Colts dumped a four-year, $22 million contract on a 30-year-old D'Qwell Jackson. Dansby is two years older, but is far more athletic and productive. Beat writer Kent Somers' suggestion of a two-year deal worth $10 or $12 million may not be enough to get the job done. Dansby is our No. 1 inside linebacker available.
Mar 6 - 11:23 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirmed the team remains interested in re-signing free agent ILB Karlos Dansby.

"There's no doubt," Arians said. "We’re still in the negotiation process. He’s a major priority because of what he brought to the table for us as a leader. We definitely would love to have him back." Dansby is coming off one of the best seasons of his career and is expected to receive a multi-year offer from the Cardinals. With Donald Butler retained by the Chargers, Dansby is the top free-agent inside linebacker available this offseason.
Mar 1 - 10:57 PM

XTRA 910 Phoenix's Mike Jurecki reports the Cardinals have made a multi-year offer to free agent ILB Karlos Dansby in the last couple weeks.

Dansby said earlier this month that he expects to to be back with the Cardinals, and GM Steve Keim confirmed at the Combine that re-signing him remains a "big priority." With Arizona just $13.3 million under the salary cap, he'll likely have to accept a team-friendly deal to return. Dansby is Rotoworld's No. 2 overall free-agent inside linebacker, behind only Donald Butler.
Feb 21 - 6:31 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim calls re-signing free agent ILB Karlos Dansby a "big priority," but also believes the team must be prepared to let him walk.

"We spend the majority of our year building a database that has every contract analyzed in the NFL and you have to take into account age, production, that sort of thing," Keim said. "That dictates your length of contract, it dictates what type of money and structure you are going to have." Dansby had a monster 2013, but is already 33. The cap-strapped Cards can't make more than a reasonable, one-year commitment.
Feb 20 - 5:44 PM doesn't consider free agent ILB Karlos Dansby a candidate for the franchise tag.

Dansby — who was tagged twice during his first go-round in Arizona — would be due $10.9 million under the tag. Dansby is coming off a monster year, but the cap-strapped Cardinals can't commit that kind of money to a 32 year old. Dansby expects to be back with the Cardinals in 2014, but he'll reach the open market if the sides can't hammer out a deal before March 11.
Feb 11 - 7:21 PM

Free agent ILB Karlos Dansby expects to be back with the Cardinals in 2014.

"I definitely expect to be an Arizona Cardinal next year," Dansby said. "We don’t have long here (before free agency) so we’ll get to talking and try and hammer something out." Dansby, 32, is coming off an All-Pro-caliber season and is looking to cash in but said he'd be willing to take less money to return to the desert. He's our No. 2 overall free-agent inside 'backer, behind Donald Butler.
Feb 11 - 1:50 PM

Impending free agent ILB Karlos Dansby is expected to test the open market, but says he'd "love" to re-up with the Cardinals.

Dansby was an absolute monster in the middle of DC Todd Bowles' 2013 Arizona defense, earning recognition from NFL Films guru Greg Cosell for an All Pro-caliber year. "I would love to come back," said Dansby, 32. "The future is bright. I have a couple months and I will figure out what’s going on."
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 05:10:00 PM

Impending free agent Karlos Dansby didn't rule out the possibility of returning to Arizona for less money.

Dansby signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Cardinals in May. He's proceeded to play at a Pro Bowl level for a defense that is No. 1 against the run and No. 7 in points allowed. Dansby knows he won't break the bank in free agency because he's 32 year old, making a return to the Cards possible.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 08:58:00 AM

Cardinals agreed to terms with ILB Karlos Dansby, formerly of the Dolphins, on a one-year contract.

Coming off a 16-start, 1,123-snap season in Miami, Dansby will hold down the fort while burgeoning superstar Daryl Washington serves his four-game suspension. With Jasper Brinkley and Kevin Minter competing for the other inside linebacker spot, Dansby should see plenty of snaps even upon Washington's return. Dansby is going on 32, but was Pro Football Focus' No. 13 inside 'backer last season. It's a solid signing for the rebuilding Cardinals.
Fri, May 10, 2013 11:33:00 AM

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