Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby most likely won’t be a member of the Arizona Cardinals a month from now. The penny-strangling Cardinals have used the franchise tag twice on Dansby, and using it a third time would require the Cardinals to offer Dansby a one-year deal equal to the average 2009 pay of the five highest-paid players in the league, regardless of position.
And while other teams aren’t permitted to talk to Dansby until March 5 (and all 31 teams surely will respect that rule . . . no, I’m not rolling my eyes . . . I’m just checking and re-checking the ceiling for tarantulas), nothing is keeping Dansby from talking about other teams for which he’d like to play.
Recently, Dansby listed four teams in which he’s interested during an appearance on Sirius NFL Radio: the Giants, Chargers, Dolphins, and Redskins.
As pointed out by the New York Post, Dansby expressed an interest in joining the Giants last year, before he was slapped with the franchise tag for a second time.
“That’s just like playing for the Dallas Cowboys,” he said.
So why not simply aspire to play for the Dallas Cowboys? Even though they fall within the scope of the Final Eight Plan, the Cowboys will be permitted to sign one big-money unrestricted free agent, as long as the first-year salary is roughly $5.5 million or more.