Karlos Dansby: Let’s go get that ring

AP

The Browns released linebacker Karlos Dansby on Wednesday, which means the veteran won’t see the $5 million base salary he had coming his way in 2016.

Dansby wasn’t too upset about that development, however. He’d called his two years with the Browns “the toughest two years” he’d spent in the NFL during a radio interview earlier in the day and said after his release that his only regret was that it didn’t come earlier so he could have had a jump on the free agent market. Overall, though, he’s happy to have a chance to find a team that’s a lot closer to being a winner than the Browns are at the moment.

“I appreciated it because it gives me a chance to win,” Dansby said, via Cleveland.com. “There a lot of teams that are close and I can help them. The Browns are in a rebuild. This gets me closer to my destiny. … Let’s go get that ring.”

Dansby suggested the Bengals are “licking their chops” at the news that he’s now a free agent. The Bengals will be without Vontaze Burfict for the first three games of the season and also have Rey Maualuga, A.J. Hawk, 2015 third-round pick Paul Dawson and Vincent Rey at linebacker.

That’s only one possibility, of course, and Dansby would be able to help several teams get better on defense in 2016 so he should be able to find a new team without too much delay.

42 responses to “Karlos Dansby: Let’s go get that ring

  1. Hate to say it about a 34 year old LB, but he would be an upgrade in Green Bay on the cheap. I’m sure TT is at least considering it. But he probably won’t do it.

  2. “The Browns are in rebuild” and have been since January 1963. The “dysfunction” predates their return in 1999. The legacy of The Former Owner is to punish success; he fired every coach (Brown, Rutigliano, Schottenheimer, Belichick) who successfully built a foundation for a championship caliber team. While The Former Owner was not the first to meddle in, second-guess, and undermine the development of good football teams, he did make that practice an indispensable marketing tool. (Isn’t that right, Jerry Jones?) Sadly, the organization to this day refuses to place a high priority on championship-caliber football.

  3. As a Cardinals fan I’ll say that Dansby talks a lot but I’ll also concede that he backs it up on the field. He was a play maker for us, we just could never keep him at a reasonable salary.

  4. The Packers would make a lot of sense for Dansby .. he’d be a huge upgrade in the middle for them. I’m just not sure Ted Thompson would get on board with adding a soon to be 33 year old vet to the mix. It’s Ted’s kind of free agent .. a street free agent who doesn’t cost you the shot at a future comp pick.

  5. Like I mentioned yesterday, I like this guy, but I bet he signs with Tennessee. He’s not about the “Rings”. He’s about the “Money”.

  6. The Patriots aren’t interested Karlos, so forget about getting a ring and focus on what you always do, chasing that paper…

  7. Wherever this guy goes, he’s going to be a force. Although his age is working against him, he’s going to get PAAAAAAIIIIDDDD.

  8. The truth will come in where he plays…..Talk is cheap Carlos …. Sign with Bungles Pats or Cards…Sign elsewhere and it’s about $$$

  9. Cards drafted you, franchised you twice, took you back after the Dolphins paid you. Now come back again after the Browns paid you. Begin and retire with the Cards. The prodigal son of the NFL is Birdgang for life.

  10. He was with a winning team and he left for more money. The Cards were in the NFC Championship and could have used more help.

  11. If he wants a ring why would he possibly be interested in the Bengals? Does he know how many rings they have accumulated? Does he know when they last even won a playoff game?

  12. The devil is in the details for TT, but it would be oh so nice if the Packers could pick up a TE and a ML before the draft. Please lord, if you just let it happen I will be a good boy from now on,… really.

  13. Why do green bay fans torrment themselves in believing that ted will actually sign this man?

    1. It makes to much sense and will deter from the joe thomas development .. Lol
    2. It will cost him more than the veteran minimum

    This move makes perfect sense but stop tormenting yourselves packer fans wont happen

  14. “He’d called his two years with the Browns “the toughest two years” he’d spent in the NFL”…

    Funny but cashing those big checks wasn’t so tough, was it?

  15. KC Chiefs could us him w/ Derrick Johnson at MLB. Could you imaging the LB corps of Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, Carlos Dansby & Tamba Hali/Dee Ford??? That would be a nightmare for opposing offenses.

  16. Hate on, haters. Like it or not, the Bengals win consistently more than 99% of teams in the NFL. 5 straight playoff appearances, 6 of the last 7, with 3 recent division titles. Say what you want about the playoffs, but they’ve been knocking on the door. They nearly won last year without their MVP caliber QB. In 2014 they were without AJ Green and several others. In 2013, they were missing Geno Atkins. If they ever come to the playoffs healthy, look out. Either way, in all likelihood, the Bengals are more successful than your team and they’ve probably beaten them recently.

  17. To all the Browns fans that bash the Bengals, we do have rings………….2 AFC championship rings and 2 Super Bowl Runner up rings! Rings your team will never wear. We are close and will win very soon. So why not stop crying about how bad the Bengals are and GROW UP!

  18. I’m not one to judge age with talent too much. But many do. And his “ring” statement will limit his chances with those who do.

  19. PFT loves the Steelers says:
    Mar 17, 2016 11:20 AM
    Hate on, haters. Like it or not, the Bengals win consistently more than 99% of teams in the NFL.

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    Bengals haven’t won a playoff game in over 25 years. Only one of their two SB appearances is within the past 30 years. Truly the pinnacle of excellence.

    Even just in terms of win percentage and overall success over the past 10-15 years, the Bengals pretty much set the standard for average. They’re in a logjam near the middle of the league the Eagles, Bears, Falcons, and 49ers, behind a dozen or so other teams (Pats, Colts, Packers, Steelers, Ravens, Chargers, etc.).

    So, yeah — totally reasonable to think they win on a more consistent basis than 99% of the rest of the league.

  20. The cards could use him again if he’s cheap. A big upgrade over minter, and keeps deone at safety, since I’m not entirely convinced he’s a full on linebacker.

  21. without too much delay?
    really? oh yeah, big market for 35 year old linebackers that love to tell everyone how great they are…. LOL

  22. I hate to tell him this but the only team with less chance of getting a ring this season than the Browns are the Bengals.

    If he wants a ring, he needs to go to pretty much ANY OTHER TEAM than the Browns or Bengals.

  23. mmmpierogi says:
    Mar 17, 2016 12:49 PM
    PFT loves the Steelers says:
    Mar 17, 2016 11:20 AM
    Hate on, haters. Like it or not, the Bengals win consistently more than 99% of teams in the NFL.

    ***************************************************************************

    Bengals haven’t won a playoff game in over 25 years. Only one of their two SB appearances is within the past 30 years. Truly the pinnacle of excellence.

    Even just in terms of win percentage and overall success over the past 10-15 years, the Bengals pretty much set the standard for average. They’re in a logjam near the middle of the league the Eagles, Bears, Falcons, and 49ers, behind a dozen or so other teams (Pats, Colts, Packers, Steelers, Ravens, Chargers, etc.).

    So, yeah — totally reasonable to think they win on a more consistent basis than 99% of the rest of the league.
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    I guess that’s why you had to cut out the rest of my post. Over the last 7 years (what I was talking about) the Bengals are the most consistent team in the NFL outside of the elites like New England, Seattle and Green Bay with 6 playoff appearances and 3 division titles. People just can’t seem to wrap their brains around that. It’s not the 90’s anymore. Playoff wins will come soon enough. Heck they almost went on a run with their backup QB last season.

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