Cards re-open talks with Wilson, Dansby

The Arizona Cardinals have re-opened contract negotiations with two of the team’s key defensive players.

Cardinals general manager Rod Graves has spoken with the agents for safety Adrian Wilson and linebacker Karlos Dansby in recent days, reports Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

“I would say our communications and efforts have stepped up since minicamp ended (10 days ago),” Graves said. “I don’t want to get into details but I can tell you we have had discussions.”

While Wilson, set to earn $4.75 million in base salary in 2009, has said he would like to remain in Arizona, Dansby’s situation is more complicated.

The Cardinals franchised Dansby for the second straight season, guaranteeing him approximately $9.7 million in 2009, unless the two sides can agree on a long-term deal. Somers explains:

Reaching a deal with Wilson should be easier than with Dansby, who has said he is looking forward to being an unrestricted free agent in 2010, when there might not be a salary cap.

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