Monday, April 22, 2013

Former Dolphins linebacker Dansby visiting Bills


Former Miami Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby has been having some trouble on the job market since his release a little more than a month ago.

He's hoping a trip to Western New York can turn that around.

The 31-year-old is meeting with the Buffalo Bills Monday and Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, where it seems that the veteran could fit right into defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's system. How much he's asking for, however, could be the make-or-break of his trip.

Dansby was booted out of Miami the first day of the free-agency period after the team locked former Raven Dannell Ellerbe into a five-year deal. Despite a productive 2012 season where he set a career high in tackles, Dansby was knocked for his lack of production elsewhere, namely in the sack and forced-fumble department.

If he and the Bills can work out a deal in the next few days, it'll leave Buffalo in a pretty solid spot heading into the draft. As it stands now, linebacker is one of the key areas Buffalo will likely target in their early rounds, which may still happen even if Dansby inks a deal.

Buffalo assessed one side of the field last month with the signing of former Bengal Manny Lawson, and Dansby would likely split time with Kelvin Sheppard on the weak side of the 3-4. Dansby would be a strong addition given his prowess as a run stopper, especially given the fact that Buffalo was next to last in the league last year against the run.

Dansby was set to make north of $8 million this year with the Fins before his release. He recently lost a showdown with fellow linebacker James Harrison for a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals -- his only real solid shot at another job since he became unemployed. If the Bills do sign Dansby, don't expect to hear those numbers flying around, at least not long-term.

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