Report: Browns, LB Karlos Dansby agree to terms on 4-year deal

Karlos Dansby heads to Cleveland to replace D'Qwell Jackson. (USATSI)
Karlos Dansby heads to Cleveland to replace D'Qwell Jackson. (USATSI)

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A year ago, nobody wanted Karlos Dansby. Now, according to the Arizona Republic's Kent Somers, the 32-year-old linebacker is headed to the Browns on a four-year, $24 million deal, with $10 million in the first year and $14 million guaranteed.

Dansby began his career in Arizona but left for the Dolphins in 2010. He was released by Miami last offseason before returning to the Cardinals on a one-year deal where he exceeded everyone's expectations. He finished 2013 with 16 starts, 122 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 4 interceptions and 19 passes defended as part of the league's second-ranked defense.

According to ProFootballFocus.com, Dansby ranked fifth in the NFL among all inside linebackers, behind only NaVorro Bowman, Patrick Willis, Derrick Johnson and Stephen Tulloch.

Now he'll join a Browns defense that didn't meet expectations a year ago, and replace D'Qwell Jackson, who signed a four-year, $22 million deal with the Colts last week. Clearly, the Browns think that Dansby is worth the extra $2 million (on paper, anyway), despite being two years older than Jackson. And based on last year's production, they're right; ProFootballFocus.com graded Jackson out at -11.6 last season, while Dansby graded out at 13.3. As we mentioned above, Dansby ranked fifth among all inside linebackers; Jackson, meanwhile, was 42nd.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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