The local and national media has written tons about the Miami Dolphins this offseason. Not once did anyone mention upgrading the linebacker position as a primary need.
Apparently, Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby also was as surprised as anyone. Dansby was cut just hours after Miami agreed to terms with former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe to a five-year, $35 million contract.
WMEN radio in Miami caught up with Dansby, who said Wednesday that he didn’t have any inkling he could lose his job with the Dolphins this offseason.
“No, not one day and not one indication,” Dansby said. “Not a hint. Not even anything. It was all ‘Let’s get ready for the next season. What do we have to do to improve?’
“It was a shock to me like it was a shock to everybody else.”
Dansby had a solid year in Miami, where he recorded a team-high 134 tackles and one sack. Miami’s front seven and solid linebacker play were primary reasons the Dolphins won seven games last season.
The Dolphins wanted to get younger and more athletic at linebacker. Dansby and Kevin Burnett are 30 or older. Miami cut both after signing the younger Ellerbe and former Oakland Raiders linebacker Philip Wheeler.
What the Dolphins probably won’t admit publicly is Dansby was too high-maintenance at times. He always spoke his mind, even if it was against the Dolphins’ wishes.
For example, Dansby was vocal about Miami keeping Chad Johnson despite the receiver's off-the-field issues. In some ways, Dansby was not a Joe Philbin guy, and that carries a lot of weight with the Dolphins.