Falcons Show Interest In LB Dansby
There is a good chance that Atlanta will have a veteran bird on the roster relatively soon as former Cardinal and Dolphin linebacker Karlos Dansby is still in the free agent market. According to John Gambadordo of KTAR-AM, Dansby visited the Cardinals and said the meeting was "good" and visited Buffalo in March as well. Dansby also mentioned that the Falcons, Jets and Texans are interested in signing him.
Dansby was released from the Miami Dolphins on March 13 after they signed ILB Dannell Ellerbe away from the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.
Even when they are having issues with the cap (i.e., dead money), the Falcons should still look into signing Danbsy as a run-defense specialist or as a potential starting linebacker. Dansby racked up 134 tackles and defended nine passes last year. Though he will turn 32 in November, Dansby can still play the linebacker position at an elite level and help turn around a less-than-spectacular Atlanta defense.
The Falcons need all they help they could get on defense, especially after ranking near the bottom of the opponent yards-per-game category last season. Brian Banks is a project for now and may need one or two years to learn the aspects of being a good middle linebacker in the NFL, not to mention the fact that Banks has not been on a football field since high school. And while Akeem Dent improved to 64 tackles last year (from 20 total tackles in 2011), he has only been in the league for two years. Only time will tell if Dent can be a reliable starter for the Falcons. Signing Dansby would potentially give the Falcons a solid starter at middle linebacker for the next few years.
Atlanta fans would be more than excited should Dansby join the team and the defensive unit would be relieved if that were to happen.