Dec. 4, 2011; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (58) during the second half against he Oakland Raiders at Sun Life Stadium. Miami won 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Chances of Signing James Harrison Fading. What About Karlos Dansby?



With news of the Bengals and free agent linebacker James Harrison being unable to reach an agreement on a fair deal for both sides, one has to wonder if Karlos Dansby will re-enter the picture. The Bengals hosted Dansby the same week as Harrison, but ultimately decided to try and pursue Harrison, because they thought they could sign him to a more manageable deal.

Joe Reedy provided an update on just that, and how it could cost significantly more to sign Dansby:

Dansby has played all three linebacker spots in a 4-3, at 31 is younger than Harrison and is coming off a career year.
In other words, based on production, he would be worth more than Harrison.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported recently that Harrison turned down a 30 percent pay cut from the Steelers, which would have dropped his salary to around $4.5 million this season. The highest I can see the Bengals going is $3.5 million.
With Dansby and Harrison it also comes down to this — what is worth more? Production and familiarity in a 4-3 defense or swagger and intensity?



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