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?