What a difference a year can make. In 2013, Karlos Dansby was cut by the Miami Dolphins. He ultimately ended up re-signing with his original team, the Arizona Cardinals, but now in 2014 it appears he’s on the move again. This time, he’s signed a lucrative deal with the Cleveland Browns.
To most people, NFL contracts are huge. Even players that make a ‘few’ million dollars are considered to be rich by the general public. But for a 32-year old, 10-year vet — Dansby just struck gold. The aging linebacker has reportedly signed a four-year contract with the Browns, which will be worth the stunning amount of $24 million.
So what’s the catch? There is no catch. Dansby is guaranteed $14 million. That’s right, the Browns just gave a LB in the waning years of his career $14 million in guaranteed money.
I don’t disagree with the signing of Dansby, I just take issue with the amount of money that was forked over. Sure, the Browns have lots of cap space, but that doesn’t mean they should be spending this type of cash on a 32-year old.
Dansby is still very good at what he does. But this appears to be a classic case of a team paying a guy for what he’s done. Can anyone really see him playing out his contract? Is Dansby still going to be a top-tier LB in four years? It’s highly doubtful, but I guess this is the type of risk that free agency is all about.