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 in the NFL these days? Dansby is a great player, but his age is something of a concern. I personally would have been more excited with a younger player, but someone in the Browns front office thinks 32 is not too old to make a difference.

Dansby made 1.55 million in 2013. He was a good players for the Cardinals. He had 4 interceptions and 113 tackles on the season. He has played in the NFL for 10 years.

7 of the ten years he played for the Cardinals and 3 years, he played for the Miami Dolphins. Dansby is a good-sized guy, standing at 6’4″ tall and weighing in at 243 lbs.

He will be a big help to the Browns if he can stay healthy. In his 10 year career, he has started 142 games and that includes 11 starts his rookie season.

He can get after the quarterback, last season Dansby registered 6-1/2 sacks. He has 38 career sacks. But 32-years-old, really, this is the best the Browns could do? I guess we wait and hope Dansby can stay healthy for 4 years.

I just thought a replacement for D’Qwell Jackson would be younger, after all, DQ was only 28-years-old……


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Readers Comments (7)

  1. marty

    I can’t see this as heading in the right direction. 32 is young in life. 32 is old in football. This is a bad move.

  2. G

    Your point is valid, LG. But not so sure about your facts/math. Won’t Dqwelll be 31 shortly after the season starts? Hated losing Ward, btw.

  3. jwm

    He brings the locker room leadership that’ll be missed by D’qwell leaving but Dansby is a better player. Bigger to stop the inside push and has good coverage skills. How about we let Pettine get his guys in the doors and then on the field and see what system they run and how these players run said system, then we can worry about his 4 yr. contract. Most every FA gets overpaid (except Ward), heck look at the $$$ D.Q. got from the Colts.

  4. Ronald

    And how is he in the leadership role? I honestly don’t know, but I hope someone can come close to replacing D’Qwell in that department.

    He’s got size. I think lasting 4 years is a big order at his age though.

    Like you say, we’ll see how it turns out.

  5. Thomas

    I agree L.G. I don’t understand the signing of the former OSU safety over Ward either, and for more money.

    • LG

      exactly, for some reason they don’t like ward. Maybe it goes back to last year when he was tired of losing and made some public statements….

  6. Dwight

    Browns get 3 older and not necessarily elite players even though we have $50 mil in cap money-we lose 2 very good younger plays(Ward and Jacksonwhile Broncos get Ward, Ware and Talib with less cap money. Conclusion: Browns cannot attrack elite free agents


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