Karlos Dansby is set to make his return to the Arizona Cardinals in 2013, after spending the last three years with the Miami Dolphins. Dansby was originally selected by the Cardinals back in 2004, and then went on to start the majority of games over the next six years in the desert. His return comes at a great time, as the team finally seems to be turning things around.
Dansby will be joining a pretty solid Cardinals-D from a season ago. The unit was one of the few bright spots in Arizona, and after several other solid offseason moves, it’s a unit that should remain in the top half of the NFL. Dansby is also coming off a very good season, as he recorded a career-high 134 total tackles in 2012. He was reportedly very surprised by the Dolphins’ decision to release him, and that’s certainly understandable given the massive amount of tackles he accumulated.
It’s fair to wonder if the 31-year old is running a bit low on gas, but it’s unlikely he’ll experience a big drop in production this year. He should pencil in as a starter, and injuries will really be the only thing that could hold him back. I look for Dansby to play with a bit of a chip on his shoulder after being cut, and with all the talent around him in the desert, 2013 figures to be another solid year for the veteran linebacker.
The Cardinals only signed him to a one-year contract worth $2.25 million, so this season might be an audition for a longer deal heading forward.
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