NFL players who aren’t in their twenties anymore tend to not get a whole lot of attention unless they’re standouts. Peyton Manning wasn’t a young gun when he hit the market back in 2012, but he’s also the best quarterback to have ever lived.
Karlos Dansby isn’t the Peyton Manning of linebackers, but he may be one of those thirty-plus exceptions when it comes to who the Arizona Cardinals want to bring back in 2014. According to Arizona Sports, the Cardinals are nervous about losing Dansby in free agency but are also nervous about his solid season leading to a salary demand they won’t want to pay.
It wouldn’t be the first time the sides parted way because of money, and it would be no one’s fault if it happened again. The question becomes, just how much do the Cardinals value a 32-year-old who is coming off a career season in which he had 122 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 4 interceptions and batted down a significant number of other passes?
In an ESPN Insiders only piece, Mike Sando ranked Dansby as one of his top 25 must-sign free agents, which means there’s going to be a large market for Dansby. Arizona had a solid defensive season thanks to Dansby’s play and his leadership, but everything in the NFL has a price.
Free agency doesn’t begin until March 12, and the situation surrounding Dansby and his future with the Cardinals will be one to watch.