The Buffalo Bills still have salary-cap space to make a run at free agents, and former Miami Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby remains at the top of the list. However, it appears the Bills could have more competition for Dansby's services.
Mike Jurecki of 910 XTRA radio in Phoenix reports Dansby’s former team, the Arizona Cardinals, will meet with the linebacker on Wednesday. Dansby spent the first six years of his career with the Cardinals before signing with the Dolphins in 2010.
Buffalo met with Dansby in April but the two sides could not reach an agreement. The Bills are going over a drastic makeover at linebacker under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Buffalo cut veteran Nick Barnett, signed Manny Lawson in free agency and traded Kelvin Sheppard to the Indianapolis Colts for pass-rusher Jerry Hughes. The Bills also drafted former Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso in the second round. Dansby could add consistency and veteran leadership to their linebacking corps and also has plenty of experience playing against offenses in the AFC East.
But Arizona is a real possibility for Dansby because of the familiarity. The Cardinals also have a strong need now that Pro Bowl linebacker Daryl Washington was suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy and was recently arrested for allegations of domestic assault.
Returning to the Cardinals sounds like a good match for Dansby. Bills fans should keep an eye on this development.