Dansby not offended by being called overpaid

BY foxsports • September 24, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Karlos Dansby has been playing somewhat in anonymity for nine seasons. He believes he should have made a Pro Bowl at some point.
But some national publicity finally has come Dansby’s way. And he hardly cares it’s not exactly the positive variety.
Forbes named the Miami Dolphins linebacker the second-most overpaid player in the NFL. Dansby, earning $10.7 million this season, trailed only New York Jets linebacker David Harris, who is making $12 million.
“I wouldn’t call it dissing,’’ Dansby said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida. “They finally recognize that I got that bag, as (Dolphins cornerback) Sean Smith would say. I got that bag. They finally recognize it. I’m paid. That’s what I mean by that. They finally recognize that that man makes a lot of money in this league. It’s a beautiful league. Now, they can keep their eyes on me.’’
After six seasons with Arizona, Dansby signed a five-year, $43 million contract with the Dolphins before the 2010 season. Now, Dansby considers it sort of a badge of honor to be on Forbes’ list.
“I hope I can justify that, man,’’ he said with a laugh. “I’m trying, man. . . . If that’s what they’re putting out, it is what it is.’’
The All-Overpaid list is subjective and not based on any sort of statistical formula. Forbes considered only the 169 NFL players making $5 million or more this season.
Rounding out the top five are Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph ($9.75 million), Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis ($9.6 million) and Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes ($9.25 million), who hardly looked overpaid with nine catches for 147 yards Sunday in the Jets' 23-20 overtime victory over Miami at Sun Life Stadium.
In the game’s battle between two most overpaid players on the list, both also played well. Harris tied for the team lead with nine tackles and Dansby tied for second on the Dolphins with eight stops.
But while Dansby laughs off being so high on Forbes’ list, some teammates aren’t too happy about it.
“That’s silly,’’ defensive end Cameron Wake said. “He makes plays. He’s a captain on the team. He’s a leader on defense. That’s ridiculous."
Another Miami linebacker also came to Dansby’s defense.

“It’s an opinion,’’ Kevin Burnett said. “Guess what? Donald Trump might be overpaid, but he’s paid, so who gives a (darn)? . . . Unfortunately, the people who write them get paid to give their opinion. He gets paid to play football. So let’s everybody do their job and shut up.’’
Dansby’s next job is facing the Cardinals for the first time since he bolted to Miami. The 1-2 Dolphins play Sunday at 3-0 Arizona.
“It’s going to be electrifying, man,’’ Dansby said of his return. “I know a couple of guys out there are ready for it. They’ve been talking about it since the offseason. (Cardinals safety) Adrian Wilson, (wide receiver) Larry Fitzgerald, you name it. They want to get their shot at me. And they know we’re going out there to get a win. So it’s going to be exciting.’’
Dansby said calls from Arizona players started right after the schedule was announced. He expects them to continue this week.
“There’s going to be plenty of trash talk,’’ Dansby said. “There’s been trash ever since when they got the schedule out (last spring) and they saw who’s coming out there. I’ll get a call from Adrian . . . might get one from Fitz, (defensive end Darnell) Dockett. It goes on and on.’’
But if any of those trash-talking Cardinals believe they can get under Dansby's skin by bringing up Forbes’ All-Overpaid list, that apparently won’t work.
Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson