The Cardinals officially signed Dansby to a one-year contract Friday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. Dansby will thus be making his third go-around with the Cardinals; he manned LB in Arizona from 2004 through 2009 and again in 2013. On this occasion, he's the leading candidate to man inside linebacker next to Deone Bucannon (ankle), as both Kevin Minter and Sio Moore have hit the open market. Dansby has been highly productive throughout his career, notching at least 100 tackles in seven of the last nine seasons, but his durability may be the 35-year-old's most noteworthy attribute. Out of a possible 208 career contests, he's sat out just 12 times, including four total over the last six seasons.
Dansby has agreed to terms with the Cardinals, pending a physical, The Arizona Republic reports. The 35-year-old Dansby is set for a third stint with the Cardinals, presumably on a one-year contract. He played for Arizona from 2004 to 2009, then again in 2013, with his career also including stops in Miami, Cleveland and (most recently) Cincinnati. Dansby only started seven of his 16 games in his lone season with the Bengals, yet still managed to top 100 tackles (114) for a seventh time in the past nine years. He has 10 straight seasons with 93 or more tackles, and he's played at least 12 games in each of his 13 NFL campaigns. Dansby figures to replace free agent Kevin Minter as a starter at inside linebacker, giving the reliable veteran a shot to reach triple-digit tackles yet again.
Dansby tallied 10 tackles in Saturday's 12-10 loss to the Texans. Dansby has recorded at least 10 tackles in two of the last three weeks, and he's also reached double digits in stops five times on the season. Although he's been inconsistent this season, he now has 103 tackles on the year, and the 35-year-old continues to play at a high level, which has made him an upside IDP option.
Dansby registered 11 tackles Sunday against the Browns. Dansby just came off of a four-week stretch in which he recorded just 16 tackles with his strong Week 7 effort. However, this was the third time he had posted double-digit stops on the year, so his production wasn't a fluke. The veteran has had at least 103 tackles in each of his last six full seasons, so it's reasonable to assume that he's back on track after his recent struggles, making him a borderline weekly option in standard IDP leagues.
Dansby recorded 10 tackles Sunday against the Steelers. Since coming over from the division-rival Browns, Dansby has started his Bengals career be registering double-digit tackles in each of his first two games. Based on the small sample size, he looks to be a player to target in IDP leagues.