Dansby is on track to open the season as Cincinnati's starting SAM linebacker, the team's official website reports. With Vontaze Burfict suspended for four games and A.J. Hawk released Tuesday, the Bengals likely plan for Dansby and Vincent Rey to flank middle linebacker Rey Maualuga early in the season. 2015 third-round selection Paul Dawson should also be in the mix for snaps, but it's not out of the question that Dansby could earn a three-down role. The 34-year-old recently signed with Cincinnati on a one-year contract worth up to $2 million, with a $700,000 signing bonus, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey.
Dansby is signing with the Bengals, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. Released by the division-rival Browns a couple weeks ago, the 34-year-old Dansby may have to compete for snaps in Cincinnati, despite recording 108 tackles and three interceptions last season. At the very least, he'll help the Bengals get by while Vontaze Burfict (suspension) sits out the first three weeks of the season.
The Browns have released Dansby. The 34-year-old Dansby, who recorded 108 tackles and three picks for the Browns last season, will be replaced in the Cleveland defense by fellow inside linebacker Demario Davis. For his part, Dansby expects to catch on elsewhere in short order. "I know a lot of teams are licking their chops right now," Dansby noted Wednesday. "A lot of teams are looking for linebackers right now. One of the best guys to ever play the game is on the market. That's the numbers saying it. Not me saying it, it's just the numbers."
The Browns are reportedly poised to release Dansby, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. This bit of info comes via Dansby himself, with the Browns evidently having paved the way for such a move by signing fellow inside linebacker Demario Davis as a free agent Wednesday.
Dansby, who had seven combined tackles in Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh, finished the season with 108 tackles (62 solo), three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Dansby has always been a valuable IDP due to his tackling prowess from the inside linebacker position, but 2015 was especially productive, as two of those interceptions were ran back for scores. After missing four games last year due to various ailments, Dansby appeared in all 16 contests for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Look for Dansby to once again be a strong IDP option when he serves a similar role in his age-35 season.
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