AP Source: LB Dansby agrees to terms with Dolphins

On the first day of free agency, linebacker Karlos Dansby flew

to South Florida and decided to stay.

Dansby agreed to a $43 million, five-year deal with the Miami

Dolphins on Friday, a person familiar with the negotiations

said.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins

didn’t announce an agreement. The contract includes $22 million

guaranteed and will pay Dansby $27 million over the next three

years.

The deal was part of a big one-day shakeup in the Dolphins’

defense. Miami terminated the contracts of disgruntled outside

linebacker Joey Porter, inside linebacker Akin Ayodele and free

safety Gibril Wilson.

One of the big prizes on this year’s market, Dansby has started

since his rookie season in 2004 with Arizona. He made one of the

most memorable plays in this year’s playoffs, returning Aaron

Rodgers’ fumble 17 yards for a touchdown to give the Cardinals a

51-45 overtime victory over the Green Bay Packers.

As Friday’s moves made clear, the Bill Parcells regime is eager

to improve a defense that last year gave up a franchise-record 140

points in the fourth quarter, most in the NFL. In the final three

games, desperate to stay in the playoff race, the Dolphins fell

behind 24-6, 27-0 and 27-10.

Miami fired defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni in January and

replaced him with Mike Nolan.

Porter, a four-time Pro Bowler chosen in January to the NFL’s

All-Decade team, was released last month but reverted to the Miami

roster because of a salary cap technicality. He had campaigned to

be released while complaining about his reduced role last season

and his relationship with coach Tony Sparano.

Wilson was a flop in his only season with the Dolphins. He

received $8 million guaranteed when he signed a year ago.

Ayodele was a two-year starter at inside linebacker, but Dansby

offers more big-play ability. The former Cardinals star has 25 1/2

career sacks, 10 interceptions, 12 fumbles forced and nine fumbles

recovered. Dansby can stop the run, rush the quarterback and drop

into coverage, and in Miami he’ll play in the same 3-4 scheme the

Cardinals use.