The Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals. Those are three of the teams veteran inside linebacker Karlos Dansby would consider playing for now that he’s been released by the Cleveland Browns.
Dansby was cut on Wednesday and quickly stated his intention to “go get a ring,” something that was never going to happen in Cleveland.
So Dansby, who is 34, wants to play for a contender. The Packers are that and many people believe they need reinforcements at inside linebacker.
Despite his age, Dansby is still productive. He had 108 tackles, three interceptions (two of which went for touchdowns) and two forced fumbles in 2015. The most important aspect that he could bring to the Packers is his coverage ability.
The Packers used both Clay Matthews and Joe Thomas in coverage last season. Both were solid, but Matthews is moving back to outside linebacker and Thomas is a liability everywhere else besides coverage because he’s so small.
The Packers’ current top inside linebackers — Jake Ryan and Sam Barrington — are not known for their ability to cover backs and tight ends.
Even if Dansby is a part-time player, he could be an upgrade in Green Bay.
Will the Packers bite?
Well, we’d be real surprised if they did. Dansby’s age aside, we all know the Packers do nothing this time of year. We have no reason to believe that will change now.