Get Paid Dansby!

Unable to agree to a long-term extension with the Arizona Cardinals, franchised linebacker Karlos Dansby plans to sign his one-year tender offer to protect himself in case he gets injured this offseason.

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The Arizona Republic reported that Dansby might sign the offer as soon as Thursday. Once he signs, Dansby will make just over $8 million in the 2008 season. He will be able to participate in the team’s offseason activities as soon as he signs, although the newspaper reported that it’s doubtful he would take part in any voluntary workouts.

“Our intent is to focus on a long-term deal with him at some point,” General manager Rod Graves said, according to the newspaper. “Obviously, it has got to be a deal that makes sense for both sides. Kirk and I have talked through some concerns but the one thing we agree upon is that he is an excellent football player. He’s a significant part of our team, and we hope to keep him here for years to come.”

The Cardinals can continue to negotiate a long-term deal through July 15.

Dansby led the team in tackles with 117 despite missing two games because of injury. He also had 3½ sacks, three interceptions and four forced fumbles.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound player moved from outside linebacker to inside under new coach Ken Whisenhunt last season to make better use of his speed and playmaking ability. A second-round draft pick out of Auburn in 2004, Dansby has 382 tackles in 58 NFL games.

The Cardinals were reluctant to sign Dansby to an extension before last season because of his history of injuries, but were not going to allow him to leave after his strong 2007 season. The Cardinals last used their franchise tag in 2002 on safety Kwame Lassiter.

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