Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Karlos Dansby is arguably the best ILB hitting the free agent market, and he hasn’t shown any signs of decline. Dansby reunited with the Cardinals in 2013, and he had another terrific season with 121 tackles, six sacks, four interceptions, and 19 passes defended. Those are some incredible numbers, and there aren’t many linebackers who possess Dansby’s all-around game and can rack up stats on the box score like him. He dominates against the run, covers well, and is one of the best blitzing inside linebackers. His experience and scheme versatility are also valuable, so it’s no surprise that Dansby turned down all of the offers from the Cardinals and is dead set on hitting the open market; we’ll see just how much interest there is in him.
The Tennessee Titans are desperate for linebacker help, and I think that’s an even bigger need for them than defensive end. They showed interest in former Cleveland Browns ILB D’Qwell Jackson, but he signed an overpriced deal with the rival Indianapolis Colts. The Titans were wise not to overpay for Jackson, who wanted to sign with a playoff team anyway. Dansby’s the bigger prize, and it will be interesting to see if the Titans can nab him or fellow all-around standout, versatile veteran LB Daryl Smith.
According to the Nashville Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt, we should expect the Titans to go after Karlos Dansby in free agency this offseason. I would definitely be for that move from the Titans perspective, as he would be a massive upgrade for them. The Cardinals will do what they can to keep him, though, so we’ll see if Steve Keim can keep him around.