If the Arizona Cardinals accomplished anything during the first day of free agency, it was loading up the franchise's roster with veteran leadership.
After adding safety Antoine Bethea and kicker Phil Dawson earlier in the day, the Cardinals reportedly reached an agreement to sign veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby to a one-year contract. News of the agreement was first reported by Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.
The 35-year-old Dansby is heading back for his third tour of duty with the Cardinals after spending the first six years of his career as well as the 2013 season with Arizona. Dansby entered the league as the Cardinals' second round pick in Arizona in 2004 and played with the organization through 2009 before departing for Miami where he spent three seasons with the Dolphins.
After returning to Arizona in 2013, Dansby left to play for the Cleveland Browns in 2014 and that's where he spent the last three seasons of his career. Now, Dansby returns to the franchise on a day when it lost three of its most important defensive assets, defensive end Calais Campbell, safety D.J. Swearinger and safety Tony Jefferson.
Dansby played in all 16 games for the Browns in 2016, making seven starts and recording 69 tackles and 1.0 sack.
During Dansby's 13-year NFL career, he's recorded 1,001 tackles, 42.0 sacks, 18 forced fumbles and 19 interceptions.
Dansby set his career-high for solo tackles in a season in his second stint with Arizona, as he recorded a team-high 114 solo tackles during the 2013 campaign.
With Dansby returning, the future of starting inside linebacker Kevin Minter remains uncertain, as Minter has spent the last two seasons starting at the Mike linebacker position in Arizona's defense. Minter is a free agent this offseason.