Mailbag: Cleveland’s free agent pickups are not old

The Browns seem to be stockpiling old guys in Free Agency. Is that a good thing? -Phil in Cleveland I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing, but I actually don’t agree with your statement that the Browns are “stockpiling old guys.” If you looked at some of the players who were brought in, there’s not a noticeably huge jump in age. Overall, when you examine some of...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

The best ILB drafted by the Arizona Cardinals is…

As we continue our series looking back at the history of the Arizona Cardinals, this week the attention is on the inside linebackers. It’s always interesting to see a team’s tendencies when it comes to the draft and free agency. There are certain positions that the Cardinals have done extremely well drafting and others that the team has been content to pick up available free...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland has improved at ILB, but there is still work to be done

Thus far, Cleveland’s biggest move of free agency has been the signing of Karlos Dansby. Last season, at 31, Dansby had the best year of his career by far – 6.5 sacks, four interceptions, two touchdowns and 121 combined tackles. Dansby will be taking over for D’Qwell Jackson, who left for Indianapolis during free agency, where he looks to be an upgrade across the board. Given...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Top-10 ILB’s: Dansby needs help

The inside linebacker position is the beating heart of an NFL defense. That position requires a tough guy who is willing to give his body to stop the run. It requires a fast guy to be able to cover tight ends and pick off passes. It also requires a smart guy, as the inside linebacker is the “quarterback” of the defense, complete with the communication link to the sideline. This...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals Team Needs: Outside Linebacker

The Cardinals have clear needs at outside linebacker. John Abraham had a stellar season in 2013 but there are question marks if he can repeat it. The other side of the 3-4 formation has some uncertainty as the Cardinals look to add the complimentary pass-rushing piece. The level of priority on this has increased since Karlos Dansby bolted for Cleveland. Add Daryl Washington’s uncertain...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Browns will get Watkins & Bridgewater

The Browns free agency efforts thus far have yielded three defensive players and four on offense. The big money for the Browns thus far has spent on the defense in safety Donte Whitner and linebacker Karlos Dansby
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Is it reality check time for Cleveland Browns fans?

Have years of under achievement by the Cleveland Browns lowered expectations, to the point that any change automatically thrusts a great many of our fans into unrealistic banter about a possible appearance in the playoffs in the 2014 National Football League season?  Visit any Cleveland Browns board and you will see that optimism abounds.  It is a yearly phenomena. Just think...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s next for the Browns?

According to the NFL Players’ union, as of Tuesday morning the Cleveland Browns are still sitting on $31,828,788.00 worth of cap space for the 2014 season. The Browns entered free agency with around $45 million. They have signed free agents Donte Whitner (S), Karlos Dansby (ILB), Ben Tate (RB), Jim Dray (TE), Andrew Hawkins (WR), Isaiah Trufant (CB) and Paul McQuiston (OL). They...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts sign MLB D’Qwell Jackson

The Browns cut D’Qwell Jackson in order to save 5.23 million on the cap and they replaced him with Karlos Dansby on a 4-year, 24 million dollar deal with 14 million over 2 years guaranteed. Dansby is two years older (33 vs. 31), but he’s the much better player, grading out as a top-13 middle linebacker on Pro Football Focus in each of the last 4 seasons, including a 6th place...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Top 5 Draft Needs Post Free Agency

Now that the main dish of free agency for the NFL has been served, the Cleveland Browns and rest of the NFL have their eyes fixed squarely on the 2014 NFL Draft. After addressing major needs at the running back, strong safety, inside linebacker and slot wide receiver positions, general manager Ray Farmer has altered the team’s needs moving forward. Karlos Dansby will bring passion...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Mailbag: has Cleveland really improved during free agency?

Most people love that we got Dansby instead of Jackson and Whitner instead of Ward. But some people say it’s a wash…who’s right here? - Steve in Houston First off Steve, I want to forewarn you that I personally am in the latter group…that said, I’m going to take a step back and try to be objective about this. Karlos Dansby has played 10 years, and in those 10 years has...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals GM Keim sticks to the plan with free-agency approach

One year's worth of free-agent signings isn't enough to judge Steve Keim (and his staff) -- even if the Cardinals general manager hit some home runs in his first season with Karlos Dansby, John Abraham, and some extra base hits with the likes of Alameda Ta'amu, Matt Shaughnessy and Frostee Rucker. But one thing has become clear about Keim and Co.: They are a shrewd...
Via Pro Sports Daily
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Dumb Tweets: Ben Tate has fresh legs; Hoyer excited

The Cleveland Browns had a dynamic fist week of free agency. They replaced D’Qwell Jackson with Karlos Dansby, they replaced T.J. Ward with Donte Whitner, and they just signed running back Ben Tate to lead the ground game. Tate didn’t wait long to assert his skills: #Browns RB Ben Tate: “I’m only 25 years old. I’m just starting to reach my prime, so I would say my legs...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Three questions about the Browns off-season (so far)

The Browns seemed to be set to be one of the most active teams in free agency as the period began. They signed Karlos Dansby and Donte Whitner very quickly and were off to the races. They followed that up with an offer sheet to Andrew Hawkins, a smaller move on special teamer Isaiah Trufant before making another marginally big splash over the weekend with running back Ben Tate. As...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Recapping the Cardinals' moves so far in free agency

One year's worth of free-agent signings isn't enough to judge Steve Keim (and his staff) -- even if the Cardinals general manager hit some home runs in his first season with Karlos Dansby, John Abraham, and some extra base hits with the likes of Alameda Ta'amu, Matt Shaughnessy and Frostee Rucker.  But one thing has become clear about Keim and Co.: they are a shrewd...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns sign MLB Karlos Dansby

This was a fairly strong free agent class overall, but the one position where it was weak was at middle linebacker. Middle linebacker in general was a weak position in the NFL last season, as only 16 of 55 eligible middle linebackers on Pro Football Focus graded out positively last season. Karlos Dansby was by far the best of the free agent middle linebackers and Pro Football Focus’...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

What left for the Arizona Cardinals in free agency?

The Arizona Cardinals spent the past week, like most teams in the NFL, scrambling to put together visits, meetings, and new contracts. There were offers to re-sign current free agents, and there were free agents like Karlos Dansby who found new homes. The biggest of the new names were left tackle Jared Veldheer and wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. The team has visited with cornerback Antonio...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals Weekly Rewind: Veldheer signs, Mendenhall retires, Dansby departs, Fitz flies

The last week was the opening of the frenzy known as free agency. Arizona was smartly active this week and made a big signing, literally. Here’s a look back at the week that was. Jared Veldheer signs with Arizona (READ) Rashard Mendenhall retires (READ) Karlos Dansby bolts for Cleveland (READ) Larry Fitzgerald goes up in an F-16 (READ) Daryn Colledge gets cut (READ) Top 5 ugliest...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Free agency grades in Cleveland and more

This past week has brought a lot of change to the NFL in general, and the Cleveland Browns are no different. They have seen players leave, and have added some more. Here is a re-cap of Cleveland’s top stories this week. Browns Columns - Cleveland signs Karlos Dansby (READ) - Rumors of interest in Matt Schaub (READ) - Browns release Brandon Weeden (READ)  - A pessimistic take...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns Make A Splash

Neil Mehta Staff Writer Karlos Dansby Photo Credit:AP Photo/Kevin Terrell 32-year-old veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby has agreed to a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns. The 4-year deal is said to be worth $24 million with $14 million guaranteed. Dansby is coming off a All-Pro season from the Arizona Cardinals. Dansby was drafted out of Auburn in 2004, and has also spent...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agency Grades in Cleveland – Browns mostly doing well

The 2014 free agency period is only a few days young, but already it’s been an extremely busy one for the Cleveland Browns. The team has been shuffling around many parts, and so I decided to give out some report card grades for the moves that the squad has already made to this point. Move #1: Released LB D’Qwell Jackson (Signed with the Colts for 4 years, $22 million; $11 million...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns add unrestricted free agents Karlos Dansby, Donte Whitner

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns on Wednesday signed two unrestricted free agents, linebacker Karlos Dansby and defensive back Donte Whitner. The additions give Cleveland a pair of veteran leaders coming off respective All-Pro and Pro Bowl seasons, bolstering a Browns defense that ranked No. 9 in the NFL last season. Dansby and Whitner represent the first two players signed by...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Free Agency Notebook: First Impressions

Happy New Year. On Tuesday at 4:00, the NFL calendar officially flipped to 2014. It also signaled the beginning of free agency, and with loads of cap space the Browns were poised to be players in the market. The Browns moved quickly on a pair of defensive players to replace T.J. Ward and D’Qwell Jackson. Karlos Dansby is the new linebacker in the middle for Mike Pettine. As durable...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Head-to-Head Debate: Whitner & Dansby vs. Ward & Jackson

Since the Cleveland Browns replaced D’Qwell Jackson and T.J. Ward with Donte Whitner and Karlos Dansby in the first day of NFL free agency, the debate has been raging via social media. Did the Browns upgrade or downgrade the safety and inside linebacker positions? The Browns willingly parted ways with both Ward and Jackson. Jackson was outright cut by the Browns prior to a roster...
Via Cleveland Sports Chat
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Karlos Dansby signs a four year deal with the Cleveland Browns. Well he make it 4 years at 32-years-old?

The Cleveland Browns jumped into free agency with both feet. They signed a couple of guys to good-sized contracts, and one of those contracts is difficult to understand. Signing 32-year-old Karlos Dansby to a 4 year deal worth 24 million dollars with 14 of that guaranteed, make us wonder if he will last 4 years with the Cleveland Browns. How many 36-year-old line-backers are playing...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

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