The Cardinals are at or near the top of the list of teams with numerous key decisions to make this offseason. There will almost certainly be changes in Arizona.
The Cardinals have 13 key contributors scheduled to become free agents. Among them is LB Karlos Dansby, who told The Arizona Republic there haven’t been any contract talks between his agent and the team “whatsoever.” And if the Cardinals use the franchise tag on Dansby for the third straight season, he’d be owed roughly $12 million (120 percent of his $9.7 million salary in 2009).
Dansby has played all six of his NFL seasons with the Cardinals, and told The Republic it “would be very tough” to leave.
“If I have to leave, that’s the way the game goes,” Dansby told the paper. “I’ve seen a lot of people come, a lot of people go. I’ve been around for a while. That’s how this business goes. We’d like to have everybody back and come back strong, try to make another run at it. But unfortunately, it might not pan out like that.”
Kent Somers of The Republic suggested last week that Dansby could be a wanted man as an unrestricted free agent. Then again, the Cardinals have the option of using the franchise tag on Dansby again, but with a price. Without an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, teams would be able to use both franchise and transition tags on players, prohibiting movement among teams.
In addition to their list of free agents, the Cardinals must address the contracts of Anquan Boldin and Darnell Dockett, who are both reportedly seeking extensions.