Cardinals, Dansby not close to long-term deal

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.  

3 responses to “Cardinals, Dansby not close to long-term deal

  1. I’m surprised that with their front office the Cardinals even made it to the Super Bowl. They should have their core players like Dansby, Dockett, and Boldin happy. Locker room chemistry is very important. By throwing a boatload of money at Fitzgerald last summer, the Cards basically set themselves up for complaints and a locker room full of disgruntled players

  2. I wanted to say that this site is not as much fun now that you can’t rate the comments. You need to fix this.

  3. The Bidwells are notoriously thrifty, but son Michael seems to be changing that (though Dockett and Boldin shouldn’t be expecting to find out just yet – the Cards have also seemed to have taken Pitt’s strategy of not re-negotiating deals until their last year to heart).
    That being said, Dansby wants himself top 3 LB money, which he thinks he’ll be getting in uncapped free agency next year, so.. really no surprise that he’s not signing long term. Ah well, if anything this should at least guarantee he goes all out this year as opposed to slouching off. He’s easily the Cards’ best LB, so he’ll be pretty integral to seeing the 3-4 transformation succeed this year.

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