We officially have D’Qwell Jackson’s replacement in the middle of the Cleveland defense. In what is the first day of NFL free agency, the Browns have agreed to terms with veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals, on a four-year, $24 million contract.
don't know if this has been out there since twitter broke. hearing Dansby to Browns, 4yrs/$24m. $10m year 1, $14m guaranteed.
— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) March 11, 2014
The deal is incredibly front-loaded, which makes sense for a 32-year-old who made just $2.25 million a season ago. Of the $24 million given to Dansby, it includes $10 million in the first year and $14 million guaranteed. A lot of money to be sure, but Dansby also represents an upgrade over Jackson on the field given his body of work within a 3-4 defense and his skill set against the run as well as the pass.
In 2013, Dansby piled up 114 tackles, 6.5 sacks (in addition to 11 hurries and four hits), four interceptions (two touchdowns) and 19 pass breakups. Pro Football Focus ranked Dansby fifth overall, third amonst all inside linebackers against the pass behind just Derrick Johnson and Kiko Alonso.
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