What a difference a week makes. It was just over a week ago that it looked like the Cards and LB Karlos Dansby were headed for a heated battle over a new deal. It was reported that the two sides had not spoken in the past few weeks, and that it looked as if Dansby was going to have to play out his one-year tender as the teams franchise player.
Things now seem to have turned around quickly with the clock ticking before the July 15th deadline. A report from the Arizona Republic indicates Cardinals GM Rod Graves and Dansby are now nearing a new long-term contract deal, as they have gotten on the same page in terms of what each side wants.
The paper puts out there that the offer on the table is more in the range of what Lofa Tatupu received from Seattle (six year extension, $40 million of new money, $18 million guaranteed), or that Lance Briggs received from the Bears (six years, $36 million, $13 guaranteed, $21.6 million over the first three years). Both sides have talked openly that they want to get something done by the 15th. Getting Dansby signed means that it will help the Cards cap this season, and not only that will keep him in the desert for years to come.