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
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
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