Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Potential Titans target: Karlos Dansby
By Paul Kuharsky
The March 11th start of NFL free agency is almost upon us.
So this week we’re looking at free agents I think should get a look from the Titans.
Previously, we considered Pittsburgh outside linebacker Jason Worilds and Brian Orakpo, and both of them got tagged and won't likely get offer sheets from the Titans.
We've also looked at Oakland end Lamarr Houston and Jets offensive tackle Austin Howard.
Karlos Dansby, ILB, Arizona
Drafted: Second-round pick by Arizona out of Auburn in 2004.
Career: Ten seasons with Cardinals, Dolphins.
2013: Second Team All-Pro. Sixteen starts, 6.5 sacks, 4 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, 19 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery.
From ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss: "Dansby turned a lot of heads in 2013 and impressed in the process because he trimmed down and played like a man five years younger than his 32 years. Dansby wasn't limited to just the second layer on defense. He helped the Cardinals' top-ranked defense stuff the run and dropped back in coverage, intercepting four passes while returning two of them for touchdowns.
"While his anticipation, pass coverage and quickness improved last year, his speed was still a question mark. Dansby was exposed throughout the season when he was paired up with a faster tight end or receiver. But improving his speed has been Dansby's top focus this offseason.
"His biggest asset to a team may be in the locker room. Coming up on his 11th season, Dansby re-established himself as a leader in the Cards' locker room in 2013 despite being gone for a while and only having a handful of the same teammates.
"Because of his big season in 2013, Dansby believes he's worth more than the $2.25 million the Cardinals paid him in 2013. But what Dansby believes his worth may be may not be what other teams perceive it as. If Dansby gets the type of offer he wants, which is nearing $10 million, he'll take it. Otherwise, he may just take a lesser deal to stay in Arizona."
From ESPN.com’s resident scout Matt Williamson: "Dansby is an every-down veteran linebacker that has experience in a 4-3 and a 3-4. He is up in age, but it coming off an outstanding season in Arizona."
PFF says: No. 1 LB.
My rationale: Played for Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona and can be a major flag-bearer for the new coaching regime on defense. The Titans need a better inside linebacking presence and a guy rooted in 3-4 concepts.