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Browns agreed to terms with ILB Karlos Dansby, formerly of the Cardinals, on a four-year, $24 million contract.

The deal includes $10 million in the first year and $14 million guaranteed. The Browns are paying a hefty premium for a 32-year-old player that only garnered a one-year, $2.25 million contract a year ago, but they are getting an upgrade on D'Qwell Jackson. New coach Mike Pettine can plug Dansby into his 3-4 scheme and expect plus grades against the run as well as the pass. Dansby piled up 114 tackles, 6.5 sacks, four interceptions and 19 pass breakups as a key cog in the desert last year.

Karlos Dansby LB CLE 4 Months

The Browns have reportedly emerged as the favorite to land free agent ILB Karlos Dansby.

The Cardinals and Titans are also in the mix, but it sounds like the Browns are offering the most cash. It's a strong play as new coach Mike Pettine installs his difference-making defensive scheme. Dansby would be a significant upgrade on D'Qwell Jackson, who was cut two weeks ago and subsequently signed a $22 million deal with the Colts.

Karlos Dansby LB CLE 4 Months

The Arizona Republic doesn't expect the Cardinals to retain free agent ILB Karlos Dansby.

Karlos Dansby LB CLE 4 Months

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns will pursue free agent ILB Karlos Dansby on Tuesday.

Dansby is also wanted in Tennessee and Arizona. In Cleveland, he would replace D'Qwell Jackson with a rookie possibly starting at the other inside linebacker spot. The Browns were "unsatisfied" with ILB Craig Robertson in 2013.

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The Cardinals have offered free agent ILB Karlos Dansby a two-year deal worth $10 million to $12 million.

Considering the Colts just gave D'Qwell Jackson a four-year deal worth $5.5 million annually -- and Dansby is going-away the superior player -- this probably won't cut it. Dansby is going to test the market while the Cards hope he brings his best offer back to them. He's the best inside linebacker available.

Karlos Dansby LB CLE 5 Months

The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt expects the Titans to pursue free agent ILB Karlos Dansby.

After striking out on D'Qwell Jackson, Dansby is a logical next step for the Titans. Tennessee will not be the only players in the Dansby sweepstakes, however, and Arizona looks poised to fight tooth and nail to retain the talented linebacker. Dansby is our No. 1 free-agent inside linebacker.

Karlos Dansby LB CLE 5 Months

The Arizona Republic says the Cardinals "can't afford to lose" free agent ILB Karlos Dansby.

Things on the Dansby front got harder for GM Steve Keim on Thursday as the Colts dumped a four-year, $22 million contract on a 30-year-old D'Qwell Jackson. Dansby is two years older, but is far more athletic and productive. Beat writer Kent Somers' suggestion of a two-year deal worth $10 or $12 million may not be enough to get the job done. Dansby is our No. 1 inside linebacker available.

Karlos Dansby LB CLE 5 Months

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirmed the team remains interested in re-signing free agent ILB Karlos Dansby.

"There's no doubt," Arians said. "We're still in the negotiation process. He's a major priority because of what he brought to the table for us as a leader. We definitely would love to have him back." Dansby is coming off one of the best seasons of his career and is expected to receive a multi-year offer from the Cardinals. With Donald Butler retained by the Chargers, Dansby is the top free-agent inside linebacker available this offseason.

Karlos Dansby LB CLE 5 Months

XTRA 910 Phoenix's Mike Jurecki reports the Cardinals have made a multi-year offer to free agent ILB Karlos Dansby in the last couple weeks.

Dansby said earlier this month that he expects to to be back with the Cardinals, and GM Steve Keim confirmed at the Combine that re-signing him remains a "big priority." With Arizona just $13.3 million under the salary cap, he'll likely have to accept a team-frienly deal to return. Despite entering his age 33 season, Dansby is Rotoworld's No. 2 overall free-agent inside linebacker, behind only Donald Butler.

Karlos Dansby LB CLE 5 Months

Cardinals GM Steve Keim calls re-signing free agent ILB Karlos Dansby a "big priority," but also believes the team must be prepared to let him walk.

"We spend the majority of our year building a database that has every contract analyzed in the NFL and you have to take into account age, production, that sort of thing," Keim said. "That dictates your length of contract, it dictates what type of money and structure you are going to have." Dansby had a monster 2013, but is already 33. The cap-strapped Cards can't make more than a reasonable, one-year commitment.