All signs point to LB Karlos Dansby leaving Arizona. So, what could be next?
The general belief — including that of Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic — is that the Cardinals won’t use the franchise tag on Dansby for the third consecutive season, given the financial ramifications. The team has paid Dansby $18 million over the last two seasons, and the tag would guarantee him about $14 million in 2010.
Looking at potential suitors, Dansby himself told SIRIUS NFL Radio last week that there are four teams for which he’s interested in playing: the Giants, Chargers, Dolphins, and Redskins.
Connecting some dots to the Dolphins, Edgar Thompson of the Palm Beach Post writes that Dansby has a long-standing respect for Bill Parcells, while Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald also draws the links between the two and says Dansby would be an upgrade at inside linebacker.
Dansby joined WQAM in Miami for an interview Monday, and didn’t hide his excitement about the posibility of joining former college teammate Ronnie Brown.
“To get the opportunity with him like I had to in college, it would be huge,” Dansby said. ”To come down there in Miami to a program that’s building up and becoming a contender in a tough eastern conference in the AFC, it’s tough in the AFC man, it’s very tough. I like their attitude, I like how they approach the game, and they are in every game. They fight to win every game and they are in every game. That’s promise, they show a lot of promise and I would love to be down there.”
As the recruiting speculation hits the airwaves and blogs, this will be worth watching.