The move has been made. Free agent linebacker Karlos Dansby has left the Arizona Cardinals birdgang and moved on to the Cleveland Browns Tuesday. Reports have Dansby getting four years at about $6 million per year. It is both more years and money than the Cards initially offered Dansby to stay in Arizona.
Dansby had previously hinted at wanting to stay in Arizona to win. However the lure of more years and money, no matter who the team was, was more important for Dansby. At the age of 32, it is understandable the Cards didn’t want to go more than two years at this point. We wish Dansby well in Cleveland.
It’s not a huge shocker that Dansby left after he refused the first deal the Cards put on the table but it is a little disappointing he didn’t give the Cards more of a consideration given his success here last season, which in turn helped the team’s success. I get it. It’s job security. At 32 and in the NFL, being able to keep a job until you are 36 is something. Actually it would be 37 as he would turn 37 during the final season of the reported contract.
Is the move devastating to the Cards? No way. The Cards have Kevin Minter in the wings and still have Daryl Washington. There is still a ton of talent here, so the loss isn’t devastating. I wish Dansby well in Cleveland. If he wants to win, probably not the best move for him. If he wants job security, Cleveland was the perfect place for him. Moving on.