The Skinny on Dansby

The Dolphins made their first big splash in free agency Friday when they signed former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby to a five-year deal reportedly worth $43 million. Amberly Richardson of provided this scouting report on Dansby before the start of the free agency.

Karlos Dansby will be chasing the paycheck this offseason, but his contributions to the Arizona Cardinals shouldn't be undervalued. Dansby has meant a lot to the organization both on and off the field. He's a locker room guy who became a leader for the Cardinals. On the field, Dansby holds up well against both the run and the pass. His real value is his versatility.

However, there were stretches throughout last season where the Cardinals didn't see as much production as they would have liked from their playmaker. Dansby really needed that game-ending fumble recovery for a touchdown in overtime against the Packers. While Dansby still has a lot of football in him, he appears to be a quick fix for struggling defenses.

The days of an eight sack or four forced fumble seasons could be behind him and that's something teams will have to think about. On the flip side, Dansby has twice the athleticism than most. He's only ever been a Cardinal. A change in location

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