The Arizona Cardinals brought back a familiar face on Friday, agreeing to terms with linebacker Karlos Dansby on a one-year deal.
Dansby was drafted by the club in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Auburn. He spent six seasons with the Cardinals (2004-09), and played in 90 games (83 starts). Dansby had 623 tackles (486 solo), 25.5 sacks, 10 interceptions, 27 passes defensed, 13 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries.
Dansby spent the last three seasons as a member of the Miami Dolphins. He led the team in tackles last season with 133, which is a career high for him. He started all 16 games for Miami last season as well.
With all the uncertainty surrounding Daryl Washington’s career with the Cardinals, this was a deal the Cardinals had to make in order to ensure their linebacking corps is up to par until Washington returns.
Dansby is a good fit for the Cardinals. He’s started all but nine games he’s appeared in for the Cardinals and the Dolphins, so his health should be of no concern to the team. Plus, he brings a veteran presence and leadership that linebacking corps needs right now.
Also, whenever Washington does come back, Dansby could line up right next to him as a starter.