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Dockett: Dansby 'chased the money' when he signed with Browns

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Darnell Dockett thinks Karlos Dansby would be better off in Arizona. (USATSI)
Darnell Dockett thinks Karlos Dansby would be better off in Arizona. (USATSI)

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A year after no one showed much interest in Karlos Dansby, who signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals last offseason, the linebacker inked a four-year, $24 million deal with the Browns hours into free agency last month.

The move made sense for both sides; the Browns parted ways with D'Qwell Jackson and needed a replacement in the middle of their defense. And the 32-year-old Dansby was capitalizing on what will almost certainly be his last big contract.

And while we'd never begrudge a player for getting all he can while he can in a league where guaranteed contracts don't exist, Dansby's former teammate has a slightly different take on how things played out.

"He chased the money," Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett said Thursday, according to ArizonaSports.com. "I've got a lot of respect for our guy that left, I love him like a brother. But we were one or two pieces away from really making a lot of noise."

Here's the thing: Dockett's probably right. And maybe Dansby won't have the opportunities for success in Cleveland that he had in Arizona. But Dansby made $2.25 million last season -- and he's getting $14 million guaranteed from the Browns. The math, even when accounting for possible wins and losses, is pretty simple.

"When you look at everything we'd done (last) year," Dockett said, "the sacrifices our defensive line made for that certain individual to make his plays and go into a game not being selfish. Our defensive line doesn't care about sacks and tackles. We come in to do a job, to hold guys off our linebackers so we can be the number one defense. I just think that opportunity was to be right here, to really get to the playoffs and make a run for it."

Fair enough. Dockett, who has been around long enough to understand the economics of the business, is also loyal to the Cardinals. We can appreciate that.

"I'm not going to complain about spilled milk. I wish him well in Cleveland," he said. "At the end of the day, we'll see who's where at the end of the season."

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