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Cincinnati Bengals Hosting Free Agent Linebacker Karlos Dansby

Steve Mitchell-US Presswire

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Cincinnati Bengals are hosting veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby today. He was released from the Miami Dolphins on March 12.

Dansby has recorded 887 tackles, 31.5 sacks and 11 interceptions during his nine-year career. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft and helped lead them to the Super Bowl in 2008.

Dansby was considered one of the best inside linebackers in the NFL just a few years ago. In 2010, he signed a five-year, $43 million contract with the Dolphins. At the time, it was the biggest contract for an inside linebacker in NFL history.

Dansby’s most notable play came in the 2009 playoffs when the Cardinals were playing the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card round. He recovered a fumble in overtime and returned it 17 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the highest scoring game in NFL Playoff history.

He may not be the player he once was, but he still tallied 134 tackles last season, played in all 16 games and had four games with 10 tackles or more. If the Bengals plan on moving Vontaze Burfict to middle linebacker, Dansby could provide a veteran presence to help the transition go smoothly for Cincinnati.

Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has helped veterans continue their career during his tenure with the Bengals. Durability is one trait that Dansby would bring to the Bengals, as he has only missed eight regular season games in his career. Could he become another player that thrives in Zimmer’s defensive system?