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Report: Karlos Dansby, Browns said to agree on four-year deal


The Browns are reportedly poised to use free agency to bolster their linebacking corps.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that he’s “hearing” the Browns and Cardinals free agent linebacker Karlos Dansby have the workings of a four-year, $24 million deal, with $14 million guaranteed.

Multiple reports have the Browns as a serious suitor for Dansby, with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reporting that Cleveland had become the top candidate to land the 32-year-old linebacker, who projects inside in the Browns’ 3-4 scheme.

Dansby filled up the stat sheet for Arizona in 2013, notching 122 tackles, defending 19 passes, recording 6.5 sacks and intercepting four passes. He returned a pair of picks for scores.

Dansby checks in at No. 23 on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100. He is the top-ranked inside linebacker in free agency. If the deal with the Browns is finalized — and it cannot even be officially offered until 4 p.m. Eastern — he will be counted upon to replace the production of the departed D’Qwell Jackson, who signed with Indianapolis last week after being released.

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42 Responses to “Report: Karlos Dansby, Browns said to agree on four-year deal”
  1. siggtacular says: Mar 11, 2014 3:03 PM

    Another washed up veteran on the Brownies 2-14 in 2014!!!

  2. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 11, 2014 3:03 PM

    Careful, Cleveland. Your desperation is showing.

  3. tindeaux says: Mar 11, 2014 3:03 PM

    man, the browns are really determined to strengthen their defense.

    Have they forgotten that they couldn’t score last season?

  4. solnosky says: Mar 11, 2014 3:05 PM

    DJackson was a good “locker room” guy and Browns fans will always appreciate the way he came back from two different torn pectorals on back to back years. Brutal. However, he made WAY too many tackles 3, 4, 5 yards downfield.

    Looking forward to a more impact ILB like Dansby.

    Welcome to the DawgPound Karlos!

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 11, 2014 3:05 PM

    Another nail in the Bubby Brister Era coffin.

  6. daltongang1 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:06 PM

    A 4 yr deal? Seriously the guy will be cut after 1 yr

  7. eaglesw00t says: Mar 11, 2014 3:06 PM

    Stupid to let Jackson go to sign a 32yo for that much.

    The Factory of Sadness continues to produce. At least they’re spending some cash though.

  8. tsr3000 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:06 PM

    Great pickup. Dude is a beast and has 2-3 good years left in him. Browns defense is going to be a force.

  9. rushbacker says: Mar 11, 2014 3:07 PM

    Wow, Brownies spending big to get older on deefnse. Seems like a solid plan.

  10. meatcarroll says: Mar 11, 2014 3:07 PM

    Good player but that seems like a long commitment for a guy well over 30.

  11. meatcarroll says: Mar 11, 2014 3:07 PM

    Good player but that seems like a long commitment for a guy well over 30.

  12. irootforthecardinals says: Mar 11, 2014 3:08 PM

    Kevin Minter has to fill the void. Browns overpaid, can’t blame the cards for not matching.

  13. realnflmaster says: Mar 11, 2014 3:08 PM

    Four years for this grandpa? Wow. What a mistake!

  14. youtubeingravenvids says: Mar 11, 2014 3:09 PM

    Browns = Playoff te….wait wait wait, lemme see what they do on offense first. Great defense though.

  15. andreboy1 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:11 PM

    Told you Cards fans that that offer they made for him was cheap.

  16. emmac13 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:11 PM

    I hope I hear the fat lady sing. Rapoport is not reliable.

  17. sammadison says: Mar 11, 2014 3:11 PM

    The browns are really stacking their defense. Dansby. (W)hitner. And rumors of revis. If only they had a qb and rb they would be in business.

  18. si1m says: Mar 11, 2014 3:11 PM

    Wait, I thought the firing of Lombardi and Banner was the supposed end to the Era of Sadness in Cleveland. Browns fans? Anyone? No? Thought so.

    And Whitner’s next? Good lord, its an NFL team, not an Employment TEMP Agency

  19. mhiltabidel says: Mar 11, 2014 3:13 PM

    I’m almost optimistic. Almost.

  20. saintsstillwillwin says: Mar 11, 2014 3:13 PM

    On paper, the Browns are putting together a nice off season.

  21. skiss68 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:17 PM

    Careful Pittsburgh, you have no cap space!

  22. jerruhjones says: Mar 11, 2014 3:18 PM

    Great signing!

    Haters may continue to hate.

    Go Browns!!!

  23. thevikesarebest says: Mar 11, 2014 3:18 PM

    He likes playing for mediocre franchises.

  24. ryanrockzzz says: Mar 11, 2014 3:19 PM

    Now that the Browns have added two expensive veterans, they can try and win 5-6 games this year. Gotta love overpaying for nothing!

  25. nirvana504 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:20 PM

    4 years for a 32 year old linebacker?

  26. luz56 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:23 PM

    Cards offer was good for a guy that is on the back side of career… Will be missed but 10 M for first year … Only Cleveland was dumb enough

  27. pascalswager42 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:24 PM

    Dansby > DQ

    Faster, 3-down LB.

    Sure he’s old – so was DQ. And there is NO WAY that contract reaches year 4. Remember, its the guarantees, not the years folks.

    $14M for 2 seasons of a better 3-4 ILB, when you have the cap space? Yes, please.

  28. bigdaadee says: Mar 11, 2014 3:24 PM

    This is a great signing if we draft a guy Dansby can mentor. Like Christian Jones, Yamin Smallwood. This is a 2 year deal worth 14 million the last 2 years are not guaranteed. Best ILB on the market lets go Dawg Pound!

  29. realfootballfan says: Mar 11, 2014 3:28 PM

    Although on the surface this seems like a bad sign for the Cardinals, they probably made the right move here. Dansby was undoubtedly the best player on their defense last year; however, the bigger deal from Cleveland probably won’t be seen to the end and the likelihood of Dansby repeating last year’s performance is a bit optimistic. With Washington back in the fold after his predictably mediocre season following a suspension, which usually happens to most players that are suspended, they should see him return to his excellent 2012 form. They do now have a huge hole in the middle of that defense next to him now though.

  30. brownsugar3 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:29 PM

    If the Browns were desperate, they would have broken the bank signing ward, byrd and dqwell. Whitner is better in coverage than ward, and he comes at a cheaper price. Dansby contract is front loaded so the browns arent stuck with a bad contract past this year, leaving the browns room to sign core players (Haden, Gordon, Cameron) next year. They’re improving the roster while remaining cap-conscious.


  31. censormynameandmycomments says: Mar 11, 2014 3:45 PM

    I can understand Karlos leaving AZ for more money. The first time. How you gonna do the Cards and the city of Phx like that twice?

    I have a feeling Karlos will be persona non grata in Phx after this.

  32. 1rockyracoon says: Mar 11, 2014 3:57 PM

    Good for him cashing in on one last huge payday. From the Browns point of view it seems like a lot of money, but it shows that there are willing to pay money for good players.

  33. whinerssuck says: Mar 11, 2014 3:59 PM

    That will be dead money in about 2 years.

  34. lbcoach34 says: Mar 11, 2014 4:08 PM

    How does that figure into the cap….i..e what’s his cap number?

  35. urbusted2 says: Mar 11, 2014 4:12 PM

    You draft players to develop. Will he play his entire contract? What do you think? Duh.

  36. eojtrid says: Mar 11, 2014 4:19 PM

    4 years to a 32 year old linebacker….who is he Ray Lewis??????

  37. trollhammer20 says: Mar 11, 2014 4:33 PM

    Sign a younger player, there’s a chance he can grow into someone you want to pay for the long-term.

    Sign an older player, and he may continue to produce at the level he did previous years….or he may just get older.

    As a Seahawks fan, I approve of this move, because it gets a leader off the roster of a division rival. But not so sure how happy I’d be if I were a Browns fan and this is how the front office is choosing to spend money.

  38. sinisterg says: Mar 11, 2014 4:34 PM

    Dude played lights out here last season!

    I wish he would have stayed here in AZ but I understand that “money talks”.

    And at his age in “NFL years” $14 mill guaranteed is a lot of money and pretty much retirement money.

    Good luck Dansby! Cleveland just acquired beast !

  39. redbirdsrising says: Mar 11, 2014 4:44 PM

    Wow, 14 mil guaranteed to Karlos? I’m sad as a fan he is going to walk but there is no way in Hades the Cardinals, or anyone, is going to offer that kind of money to a 32 year old linebacker.

    I don’t think he’s “Persona Non Grata”, if someone was stupid enough to overpay for me, I’m going to take it. No hard feelings, thanks for a great season last year Karlos!

    Minter needs to step up and the Cardinals need an effective pass rusher that can make their own plays without scheming.

  40. silverbackdk says: Mar 11, 2014 4:45 PM

    Both Cards and Dansby did the right thing – he got his last big payday.

    For Browns it is up the air – a huge risk paying that much for a guy who might just have had a career year before slowing down….and does the scheme even fit?

  41. thingamajig says: Mar 11, 2014 5:02 PM

    Predictable since Karlos always plays for who ever gives him the most $$.

  42. filmex2000 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:14 AM

    Karlos played well here in AZ a few years back but then ran off to Miami where he ended up on the side of a milk carton.
    One can imagine him dropping off the face of the Earth AGAIN, this time in Cleveland.

    As a Cards fan, the only thing worse than Karlos leaving would be to pay him the kind of money the Browns are. We finally have a GM that knows his stuff. That being that Dansby only seems to shine when it’s a contract year. Then he goes into semi-retirement until the next time.

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