Barring a major negotiating breakthrough during the next few days, then Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby will be playing this season under the franchise tag for the second year in a row.
Dansby and the Cardinals are reportedly far apart in contract talks heading into Wednesday afternoon’s NFL deadline for teams to strike long-term deals with their respective franchise players.
“We still hope to reach an agreement on a long-term deal with Karlos,” Cardinals General Manager Rod Graves told the team’s official Web site. “But there is a considerable gap in our positions.”
Per the report, Graves didn’t elaborate on what ground would need to be made up to agree to terms.
Dansby has already signed his $9.7 million franchise tender, so the Cardinals don’t have to worry about him skipping training camp.
If no deal is finalized between now and Wednesday afternoon, it’s regarded as unlikely that the Cardinals will use the franchise tag on Dansby for the third consecutive year for the 2010 season since it would cost roughly $14 million in guaranteed money.
The Cardinals seem intent on ultimately retaining Dansby for several years.
“Karlos is one of our core players,” Graves said. “Our efforts will remain trying to reach a long-term contract extension with him.”
Last season, Dansby recorded a career-high 119 tackles with four sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions.
For his five-year career, Dansby has registered 444 career tackles, 24 1/2 sacks and nine interceptions.