Now that we've established that this will be the most boring free-agency period in years, let's talk about one of the marquee players who will likely hit the market. As NFC West blogger Mike Sando points out in this excellent entry, Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby is one of the major names in free agency.
From what I've heard, Giants general manager Jerry Reese and new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell have immense respect for Dansby. But with the unpredictability of the looming uncapped season and potential 2011 lockout, no one really wants to set the market in free agency. Unfortunately for Dansby, it appears that Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen will hold Dan Snyder in check. There are players on the Redskins' roster who would love to see Dansby in burgundy and gold. Just look at the roster and see who played at Auburn.
Of all the players hitting the open market, I think Dansby and Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers will demand the biggest contracts. Dansby has led the Cardinals in tackles the past two seasons, and he'd bring some much-needed physicality to the Giants' defense. Michael Boley might be solid in coverage, but he's not going to force a lot of turnovers. Dansby would be an excellent fit in the Giants' scheme.
But again, everyone's having a difficult time predicting the upcoming negotiations. The Giants spent a lot of money on Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard and Boley last offseason. And they didn't get a huge return on their investment. How does Reese convince John Mara that Dansby deserves an $18 million signing bonus?
Where do you guys stand on Dansby? Are there Eagles fans interested in Dansby or do you think the return of Stewart Bradley will solve most of the issues at linebacker?
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