Cardinals ‘cannot afford to lose Dansby’

  • Marcus Burnan
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The Arizona Cardinals are trying to retain the services of free agent linebacker Karlos Dansby.  According to head coach Bruce Arians, the team offered Dansby a contract the day after the season ended.

That was in December,

Three months later, the contract is still on offer (of course, there may have been some alterations to the original offer).  With free agency opening in less than a week, the Cardinals will be desperate to re-sign the All Pro linebacker.

According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, the need to sign Dansby is very real.  So real that the team cannot afford to lose Dansby.

If both sides are reasonable, this deal should get done. The Cardinals can’t afford to lose Dansby, even though they drafted Kevin Minter in the second-round a year ago. And Dansby should know that Arizona is the best spot for him at this point in his career. A two-year deal worth a total of $10 million to $12 million, with, say, $6 million guaranteed seems reasonable.

The major problem is finding a middle ground.  On one hand, Dansby should be rewarded for his fine play in 2013.  On the other, he’s 32-years old and while he’s still a productive force, he won’t be that forever.  Giving him a long-term deal would not make sense in the long run.

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