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Dansby is one of the few who won't be hurt by the uncapped year

During the spot I just completed on Sporting News Radio’s The Monty Show, Monty and I talked about the realities of the labor negotiations and the uncapped year.

Monty said that he’s had Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby on the show, and Monty said that Dansby is excited about hitting the market.

But Dansby is one of the few who’ll benefit from the rules of the uncapped year — he’ll have six years of service, so he’ll be an unrestricted free agent.

And because Dansby already has been slapped with the franchise tag not once but twice, the Cardinals can restrict him in 2010 only by offering him a one-year guaranteed deal equivalent to the average 2009 salary of the five highest-paid players in the league.

In other words, Dansby will hit the market.  And he’ll get a huge pile of money from the Redskins or the Seahawks or one of the few teams not finishing in the final eight who will be willing to spend like crazy in the hopes of buying a championship.

In making a point regarding the other end of the spectrum, however, I misspoke regarding the status of Vikings receiver Sidney Rice.  His four-year rookie contract doesn’t expire until next year, so he’s not one of the would-be unrestricted free agents who will be restricted because of the bump in minimum years of service from four to six.

But Braylon Edwards falls into that category.  So let’s assume Braylon has a huge game on Sunday and that he wins the Super Bowl MVP award with a record receiving performance. 

Despite having five years of service, he’ll be only a restricted free agent.

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29 Responses to “Dansby is one of the few who won't be hurt by the uncapped year”
  1. ladybucs&steelersnut says: Jan 20, 2010 8:59 PM

    Florio, how can you put “Braylon Edwards” and “huge game” in the same sentence? That guy drops 50% of what’s thrown at him. The Jets have a much better chance of a huge game if they don’t include him in their game plan.

  2. Tr3pidation says: Jan 20, 2010 9:18 PM

    Why would the Seahawks pay huge money for a linebacker, when they have great linebacker depth? Lofa Tatupu-3 pro bowls and 1 all pro. Aaron Curry-consensus best talent in the draft, and Leroy Hill, who’s underrated. On top of that, David Hawthorned filled in in Lofa’s absence, and finished with 117 tackles, 4 sacks, and 3 INT’s. When Leroy Hill went down, Will Herring filled in and played pretty well, even getting Chris Johnson to fumble.

  3. johnnydom says: Jan 20, 2010 9:25 PM

    Hey Florio,I almost choked when I read Braylon having a big game. I know you said lets assume, you know how the saying goes, when you assume you make an ass of you and fill in the blank(Braylon Edwards). That guy is a joke and he has proven why he will not get the big free agent contract. He can’t catch and Sanchez best not throw to him.

  4. Kulp says: Jan 20, 2010 9:26 PM

    Florio, how many times you going to repackage this story?

  5. Chapnasty2 says: Jan 20, 2010 9:26 PM

    “And he’ll get a huge pile of money from the Redskins or the Seahawks or one of the few teams not finishing in the final eight who will be willing to spend like crazy in the hopes of buying a championship.”
    Or the Cowboys who will be replacing Keith Brooking and have more money than the Seahawks and the Redskins.

  6. HereThere says: Jan 20, 2010 9:34 PM

    Edwards was a joke coming out of college and remains a joke today. Then again, Florio was just using Butterfingers as an example. Don’t take it literally, ladybucs.

  7. scrapdawg12 says: Jan 20, 2010 9:50 PM

    Philadelphia Eagles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Majik Bullet says: Jan 20, 2010 9:51 PM

    # Chapnasty2 says: January 20, 2010 9:26 PM
    “And he’ll get a huge pile of money from the Redskins or the Seahawks or one of the few teams not finishing in the final eight who will be willing to spend like crazy in the hopes of buying a championship.”
    Or the Cowboys who will be replacing Keith Brooking and have more money than the Seahawks and the Redskins.
    _____________
    If you could read, you would see it said “final 8″‘ which Dallas falls into and Seattle and Washington do not. Pay attention, dumb ass.

  9. Bill In DC says: Jan 20, 2010 9:53 PM

    Each team in the top 8 can sign 1 FA without restriction, so any team in the NFL can compete for Dansby. He’d be a very nice fit in Dallas.

  10. bakler5 says: Jan 20, 2010 10:00 PM

    Ha Braylon Edwards getting Super Bowl MVP, Vince Young has a better chance to go to the Pro Bowl.

  11. danlinker says: Jan 20, 2010 10:07 PM

    Florio is excited about the cards losing some players. So am I. But for different reasons. I like change. I do NOT like the idea of losing Warner if that happens, but change is needed if you are to continue in the NFL.
    Florio is just VERY bothered by the fact that the cards for the last two years, have made him look exactly as he is.
    You finish that point yourselves.

  12. VernonK says: Jan 20, 2010 10:08 PM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing him in Midnight Green.

  13. Levito says: Jan 20, 2010 10:15 PM

    “…the Cardinals can restrict him in 2010 only by offering him a one-year guaranteed deal equivalent to the average 2009 salary of the five highest-paid players in the league.”
    Wouldn’t they owe him either that, or 120% of his 2009 salary, whichever is higher?

  14. robothero says: Jan 20, 2010 10:15 PM

    “Or the Cowboys who will be replacing Keith Brooking and have more money than the Seahawks and the Redskins.”
    As one of the final 8 teams, the Cowboys can’t sign anyone until they lose a player of equal value.

  15. SkinsDevil says: Jan 20, 2010 10:19 PM

    Chapnasty, the Cowboys can’t go hard after dansby, because they were in the final eight.
    florio explained the limited circumstances in which they can sign free agents here http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/01/12/cowboys-victory-means-win-for-skins/
    none of those will allow them to enter a bidding war with the Redskins or Seahawks for Dansby

  16. misterj says: Jan 20, 2010 10:20 PM

    If Braylon Edwards has a huge game, it’ll be because Football Follies will get so much material out of him.

  17. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Jan 20, 2010 11:14 PM

    Dansby would look good in a Miami uniform…

  18. JackMihoff says: Jan 20, 2010 11:18 PM

    During the Final League Year, the eight clubs that make the Divisional Playoffs in the previous season have additional restrictions that limit their ability to sign unrestricted free agents from other clubs. In general, the four clubs participating in the championship games are limited in the number of free agents that they may sign; the limit is determined by the number of their own free agents signing with other clubs. They cannot sign any UFAs unless one of theirs is signed by another team.
    For the four clubs that lost in the Divisional Playoffs, in addition to having the ability to sign free agents based on the number of their own free agents signing with other clubs, they may also sign players based on specific financial parameters. Those four only will be permitted to sign one unrestricted free agent for $5.5 million (estimated) or more in year one of the contract, plus the number of their UFAs who sign with another team. They also can sign any unrestricted free agents for less than $3.7 (estimated) million in year one of the contract with limitations on the per year increases.
    In the case of all final eight teams, the first year salary of UFAs they sign to replace those lost cannot exceed the first year salary of the player lost with limitations on the per year increases.

  19. BorisBulldog says: Jan 20, 2010 11:33 PM

    Hey man don’t blame Edwards for dropping passes!
    It’s hard trying to be a male model/actor and football player at the same time!

  20. ShockAndAwe09NYG! says: Jan 21, 2010 12:28 AM

    Its obvious that the Giants need to do anything to get Karlos Dansby because they’re going to need another mobile linebacker next to Boley to make this Tampa 2 that Fewell is going to run next year work! They also need to trade with Jax and get to the 10th pick if Rolando McClain is available! That’ll give them the perfect set up to run all the Defenses that Fewell wants to ran, 4-3/3-4 Hybrid,Tampa 2 and 46. Please Giants Go Get Rolando McClain!!!

  21. Brohamma says: Jan 21, 2010 12:38 AM

    I’ll continue to say, as I have for the past few months, Dansby will end up in New England.
    Thomas is going to be shown “the door” after a couple seasons below expectations. I don’t think it’s his skills which are off, but more of one where he doesn’t fit the defensive scheme well. Add to that the fact that a second year player, Mayo, has the headset and a better ability to adjust the defense based on what he sees from the offense and the writing is on the wall.

  22. BeardedAxe says: Jan 21, 2010 12:40 AM

    So the seahawks are going to go pay big money for a free agent who plays the only position they have talent at?
    Good call.

  23. jrhsd says: Jan 21, 2010 2:45 AM

    yes levito, that’s how I understand it
    brain fart by Florio

  24. Adam says: Jan 21, 2010 2:45 AM

    Giants could use a veteran MLB leader…

  25. Favre4MVP says: Jan 21, 2010 3:55 AM

    bakler5, Vince Young is a probowler you idiot

  26. Mike Florio says: Jan 21, 2010 6:51 AM

    @levito . . . .
    you are correct, but the average of the five highest-paid players in the league (i.e., quarterback money, with julius peppers and his $17 million salary in the mix) will be much more than 120 percent greater than the $9.67 million dansby earned in 2009.

  27. Opie says: Jan 21, 2010 9:01 AM

    Florio I think you “mispoke” again:
    “But Braylon Edwards falls into that category. So let’s assume Braylon has a huge game on Sunday and that he wins the Super Bowl MVP award with a record receiving performance.”
    By the by, what’s the difference between mispoke and “I was wrong when I said…..?”

  28. mattwa33186 says: Jan 21, 2010 9:55 AM

    It’s not top 5 salaries in the league, it’s top 5 salaries at his position in the league, at the end of the regular season or at the end of free agency, whichever is higher. 120% would be $11.64 million, which is probably what he would get, unless the new FA market goes completely crazy.

  29. mwcarolina says: Jan 21, 2010 10:51 AM

    But Braylon Edwards falls into that category. So let’s assume Braylon has a huge game on Sunday and that he wins the Super Bowl MVP award with a record receiving performance.
    Florio, i don’t care who Braylon Edwards is, he may have a big game or two, but i doubt even the Redskins would give this man a big contract, Edwards can’t even catch the pen to sign the contract.

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