In his daily Diner column this morning, National Football Post Columnist Michael Lombardi declared that there are four teams in the running for star linebacker Karlos Dansby ( ironically the same four teams that Dansby has said he is interested in). Out of the four teams, the Washington Redskins, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers, and your Miami Dolphins, Dansby admitted that he would prefer to go to the NY G-Men.
Lombardi goes so far though as to say that the Dolphins are a more likely landing spot than the Chargers and the Redskins.
Both the Dolphins and the Giants have similar needs at the linebacking position, but the Dolphins may hold the edge over the Giants simply because their owner, John Mara, complained last season of the lucrative contracts that were being given out to players.
Since Dansby is likely to get a hefty payday, somewhere around $10-12 million per year, I think this may eliminate the Giants from the running, although they may keep themselves in it for a couple of days, if only to give the Dolphins a little scare.
With the Dolphins having a lot of needs on defense still, they will need to go out and sign a free agent sooner or later to shore up the inside linebacker spot, so why not settle it now, and sign Dansby to a four year deal that would keep him in a Dolphins uniform until likely the end of the prime of his career.
I am all for signing Dansby, and finally settling the one weakness that killed us all season. Heck, why not release Akin Ayodele while we’re at it? The best he can do for us is be depth, and when he would come in, we all saw the past two years what he can do, which is not cover the tight ends, and not get any pressure on the quarterback.
Here is a quick stat to send you off: Dansby had 12 less tackles last year than Ayodele and Channing Crowder combined!