Dansby not hopeful of new deal before training camp

Karlos Dansby said the agent whom he fired over the weekend, Kirk Wood, and the Arizona Cardinals weren’t close on an agreement on a multiyear contract, the linebacker told the Arizona Republic:

    “Not close, not even close,” Dansby said. “That’s why I felt there was a need for a change in order to get me a solid deal done that I’m comfortable with, that my family is comfortable with.”

Dansby, who received the Cardinals’ franchise tag in February for the second consecutive year, said he doesn’t expect a new deal to be done before training camp. The two sides have until July 15 to agree to a multiyear contract. Even if a deal isn’t struck, Dansby told the Republic that he doesn’t mind playing out the year for a potentially more lucrative deal next offseason:

    “It’s an uncapped year next year and I’m mentioned among the better linebackers in the league as far as the guys who are going to be up next year also,” Dansby said. “So why not show what I’ve got? I’m up for the challenge. Make a splash, man.”

In 2008, Dansby led the Cardinals in tackles in both the regular season (119) and playoffs (31) as the Cardinals advanced to the Super Bowl before losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The veteran has 24.5 sacks and nine interceptions in the regular season over his five-year NFL career.

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