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Dansby’s two prior tags make it impossible, as practical matter, to tag him again

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Even if Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby were playing at a level that would merit consideration for the one-year franchise tag (and given the magnitude of the standard franchise tender for linebackers, he’s not — and he knows it), the Cardinals wouldn’t be able to tag him.

Unless they want to pay him quarterback money.

Thanks to the 2012 Drew Brees grievance, which determined that franchise tags stack even when not used consecutively or by the same team, Dansby would be treated as a third-time tag recipient.

Coincidentally, Dansby was tagged two prior times by the Cardinals, before joining the Dolphins as a free agent.  In 2013, the Dolphins cut Dansby, and he returned to the Cardinals on a one-year deal.

Before the Brees grievance, it was assumed that a player’s franchise-tag clock reset to zero after signing a non-franchise-tender deal.  It doesn’t.  So, like 49ers kicker Phil Dawson (who was tagged twice by the Browns), a tag for Danbsy would require him to be paid at the quarterback level of the tag, with the number calculated based on the average of the five highest-paid quarterbacks in 2013.

Which means there’s no way the Cardinals would even give passing consideration to tagging Dansby.

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10 Responses to “Dansby’s two prior tags make it impossible, as practical matter, to tag him again”
  1. meatcarroll says: Feb 17, 2014 12:04 AM

    People whine about the Seahawks’ looming salary cap issues but the real team that’s a mirage waiting to collapse is the Cardinals. Their best players were old veterans like Dansby, Palmer, Eric Winston, Abraham, Dockett, Fitzgerald. Age + decline + overpaid = this team is going to bottom out soon without many new studs besides PP, D. Wash, Ellington, Floyd. 2013 Arizona = 2007 Cleveland

  2. cali49er707 says: Feb 17, 2014 3:33 AM

    Gotta be real. Dansby was a stud last year.

  3. murraysons says: Feb 17, 2014 6:59 AM

    2013 cardinals = 2015 seahawks

  4. FinFan68 says: Feb 17, 2014 9:04 AM

    Dansby is a solid player. He was very good in AZ but he hardly made any impact plays in Miami.

  5. horsepedlr says: Feb 17, 2014 9:12 AM

    People whine about the Seahawks’ looming salary cap issues but the real team that’s a mirage waiting to collapse is the Cardinals. Their best players were old veterans like Dansby, Palmer, Eric Winston, Abraham, Dockett, Fitzgerald. Age + decline + overpaid = this team is going to bottom out soon without many new studs besides PP, D. Wash, Ellington, Floyd. 2013 Arizona = 2007 Cleveland

    says a fan whose team got their ass handed to them in their own stadium. fear makes people say funny things. lololololololol

  6. bcajun says: Feb 17, 2014 9:35 AM

    seahawk fans are an embarrasment to human beings and their team is bunch of cheaters…they cant help but be stupid

  7. beardinals says: Feb 17, 2014 10:15 AM

    meatcarroll says:
    People whine about the Seahawks’ looming salary cap issues but the real team that’s a mirage waiting to collapse is the Cardinals.
    ———————–
    Pay no attention to the homer. Does “Meat?” realize the Cardinals are just going into year 2 of the new regime?

  8. truths4all says: Feb 17, 2014 10:45 AM

    When you look at what Dansby produced on the field last season compared to what he produced while younger with Miami, it is clear that the Miami system FAILED to allow him to max out his contributions on the field.
    Too often, non-players have no clue that they system can make or break a player. If Joe Montana was stuck on a long-ball Raiders team, Montana would never have produced the successes he had with the 49ers who used a controlled West Coast offense.
    Uninformed fans complained that Dockett was over the hill based on Ray Horton’s system that required him to free up other defensive players to make the plays. Under Bowles, Dockett anchored one of the most feared run-stopping defenses in the NFL and disrupted so many plays that it still freed up others to have near career years.
    The system the team uses have a lot to do with any player’s success. Russell Wilson would have not succeeded with a control freak coach like Whisenhunt to demanded QBs to play his way or sit on the bench, even if the QB produced wins.
    Rather than question why a player seemingly dogged it with one team and not another, take a closer look at what one team wins and another loses. Its the system that allows players to play their best, Stupid.

  9. pantherfan40 says: Feb 17, 2014 3:50 PM

    looks like hes going to oakland

  10. redbirdsrising says: Feb 17, 2014 6:06 PM

    The headline started to read like he had a rap sheet.

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