Former Dolphins LB Karlos Dansby on two-day visit with Bills
Karlos Dansby already lost an opportunity with the Cincinnati Bengals after they opted for James Harrison, but he may have another chance to impress a team this offseason following a two-day visit with the Buffalo Bills.
The 31-year-old Karlos Dansby visited the Buffalo Bills on Monday and is expected to return for a second go on Tuesday. He was also previously linked with the Baltimore Ravens but there was no word of a reported visit with the team.
Being released at the end of a three-year stint in Miami, Karlos Dansby is considered the last big name remaining out there, but he has surprising draw little interest on the open market. Karlos Dansby was a highly , consistent productive player for the Miami Dolphins putting up a career-high 134 tackles with the team, despite playing through a bicep injury last season. He has been a mainstay starting linebacker throughout his career, since being selected in the second-round of the 2004 NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Accordingly, it will be hard to blame Karlos Dansby if he’s demanding similar playing time and a contract that honors his stats, but perhaps that’s what has attributed to the low level of interest in him on the open market.
Although Karlos Dansby cashed in $8.5 million per season on his last deal, perhaps his latest struggles on the open market could help the Buffalo Bills draw a short-term veteran’s minimum deal into with the 10-year veteran.
Karlos Dansby will be an upgrade for the team’s linebacker corps after they lost Nick Barnett. The Buffalo Bills also signed free agent Manny Lawson, who is expected to fit into a role as the strong-side linebacker. Meanwhile Karlos Dansby is expected to be in competition with Kevin Sheppard to win the job at middle linebacker. The 2011 third-round pick Karlos Dansby had a disappointing season as a full-time starter last year, putting up 80 tackles and two sacks in 15 starts.
Karlos Dansby doesn’t seem to have a clear veteran completion for the job in Buffalo, so this visit cannot be considered a move by the Bills to use as leverage to force a deal with someone else.