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Karlos Dansby | Linebacker | #56

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/3/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 251
College: Auburn
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 2 (33) / ARZ
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Karlos Dansby is locked in as the Bengals' SAM linebacker following the team's release of A.J. Hawk.
Dansby already had the inside track before Hawk was sent packing. Now it's set in stone. Going on 35, Dansby remained serviceable in over 1,000 snaps for the Browns last season, but might not make it through another entire year as a starter. He's backed up by second-year third-rounder Paul Dawson. Apr 26 - 3:51 PM
Source: bengals.com

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Bengals agreed to terms with LB Karlos Dansby, formerly of the Browns.

At 34, Dansby was looking for a contender after being cut by the Browns, and he found one in Cincinnati. He should play a big role while Vontaze Burfict is suspended for the first three games, and he could settle in as a starter in the middle or on the strong side even after Burfict returns. An excellent coverage linebacker, Dansby should be a factor in sub packages regardless of his role in base sets. Dansby recorded 109 tackles and three interceptions last season.
Mar 29 - 10:50 AM

Free agent ILB Karlos Dansby is visiting the Bengals on Thursday.

It is his first visit since being cut by the Browns last week. The 34-year-old is undoubtedly looking for a contender, and the Bengals fit the bill. Cincinnati could use depth at linebacker, especially with Vontaze Burfict set to serve a three-game suspension to open the season. The Seahawks are also reportedly interested.
Mar 24 - 1:08 PM

Browns released ILB Karlos Dansby.

34-year-old Dansby is happy with the move, as he knew he didn't have a chance at winning with the rebuilding Browns. The new regime seems to be tearing it all down and starting from scratch. Dansby's play slipped in 2015, but he's still a quality starter. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 3 inside linebacker in coverage and is a known playmaker. Dansby will be looking for a contender. The Browns save $3.5 million against the cap with the move.
Mar 16 - 1:19 PM

Browns ILB Karlos Dansby (foot) missed practice on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Dansby picked up the injury in Week 1, but finished the game, playing all defensive snaps and recording seven total tackles. Dansby says he expects to play on Sunday against the Mariota-led Titans, but HC Mike Pettine called him "day to day". Dansby is a borderline LB1 when on the field, having averaged 7.9 total tackles a game, for three different teams, in three seasons.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Browns ILB Karlos Dansby (knee) is inactive for Week 15 against the Bengals.

Dansby was listed as questionable. He remains week to week. Also inactive for the Browns are CB K'Waun Williams, FS Tashaun Gipson, RB Glenn Winston, CB Robert Nelson, OT Vinston Painter and TE Gary Barnidge.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 11:43:00 AM

Browns ILB Karlos Dansby (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 14.

Dansby was expected to miss four weeks with his MCL sprain, but could end up sitting out only two games. He's on track to play against the Colts after practicing on a limited basis. Dansby has 73 tackles, three sacks, and an interception in 10 starts this season.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 03:46:00 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine expects ILB Karlos Dansby (knee) to be sidelined "upwards of a month."

Pettine "doesn't know" if Dansby could eventually require surgery. He's reportedly dealing with a sprained MCL. There's definitely a chance Dansby has played his final down this season. It wouldn't be surprising if he ended up on injured reserve, perhaps even this week.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 04:08:00 PM

Browns ILB Karlos Dansby may have sprained his left MCL in Sunday's Week 11 loss to the Texans.

Dansby had missed just four plays all season coming into Sunday. He left in the first half and did not return. The ex-Cardinal will head for further testing Monday to confirm the diagnosis.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 09:06:00 PM

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.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 02:44:00 PM

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.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 01:33:00 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.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 01:14:00 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.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 08:26:00 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.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 05:09:00 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.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 12:20:00 PM

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