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The “Dirty Bird” flies South, but is it a round trip?

On the heels of Dansby’s Thursday night flight to Miami, which happens to coincide directly with the start of free agency, the Cardinals apparently “reached out” to Karlos on Friday morning.

Citing a league source, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that the Cardinals spoke with Dansby about a possible return to the desert. Based on his source, Salguero seems sure that the Cardinals will at least offer Dansby a contract to compete with whatever Sparano and company put on the table. As of now, however, Dansby is still scheduled to meet with the Dolphins.

If true, the Cardinals sudden effort to bring Dansby back is confusing. It doesn’t make much sense to allow Dansby to become a free agent and then immediately offer him a contract before Karlos has even had a chance to entertain other offers. If the Cardinals truly wanted him back, they should have given him a meaty offer before he hit the market.

Darren Urban of the Cardinals official website reports that Miami would likely offer Dansby a contract with around $30 million in guaranteed money, which is an exorbitant amount for an inside linebacker in the current market. If that is indeed the type of money that Karlos will draw from free agency, the Cardinals should at least for once still to their frugal guns. While Dansby would be a valued asset on a beleaguered Arizona defense, his is not worth that much.

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