There were several factors working against a long-term extension last year, particularly Dansby's inability to stay on the field for an entire season. However, Dansby put those concerns to rest in 2008 playing in all 16 regular season games and an additional four contests in the playoffs. With Dansby proving his durability and showing improvement during each of his five NFL seasons, many are questioning the Cardinals' decision not to lock up the star defender for the long haul.
Following Wilson's five-year, $39 million contract extension, the Cardinal faithful were optimistic Dansby's situation was next in line to be addressed. Dansby switched agents earlier this offseason but his new representation has failed to change the outcome of the negotiations. As it stands now, Dansby is set to sign his one-year contract tender and will be due to make just under $10 million in 2009.
If Dansby does indeed leave the desert following this season, there will plenty of teams lining up to secure his services. Dansby is just 27 years of age and has already accumulated 446 tackles during his career. Furthermore, with a growing number of teams switching to the 3-4 defense, the Cardinals' recent transition to the odd-man front will give him extra value on the open market. There's still a chance Dansby remains in Arizona but since a new deal has yet to materialize, a change of scenery is likely on the horizon.
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