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Karlos Dansby heading back to Cardinals?

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The Miami Dolphins released linebacker Karlos Dansby at the start of free agency. Now, two months later, the veteran is still looking for a job. Could a return to the Arizona Cardinals be on the horizon?

Jamie Squire

After three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Karlos Dansby was released at the start of free agency this year when Miami was able to sign linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. Dansby, a nine year veteran, has not seen the interest he expected on the free agent market, despite recording a career high 134 tackles in 2012.

He's been on the radar of the Buffalo Bills for a while now, but no deal had been made. Now, according to Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 in Phoenix, Dansby is heading to the Arizona Cardinals for a visit, and possibly a return to his original team.

Dansby spent his first six years in the NFL with the Cardinals, before signing as a free agent with Miami. While in Arizona, he recorded 558 tackles, 25.5 sacks, 10 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, 11 forced fumbles, and 9 recoveries in 90 games played, with 82 starts. When he hit the free agent market in 2010, he was the biggest name available and was signed to lead the Dolphins' defensive attack.

With the Dolphins, he never quite lived up to the contract he signed. He was always a solid to very good player, but was not a Pro Bowl level linebacker, despite his reputation.

The Cardinals have a pressing need at linebacker following Daryl Washington's four game suspension for failing the league's drug policy. Washington was also arrested on Friday, May 3, for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend. With Washington's future very much in doubt, and Dansby's familiarity with the team, the two sides could come to an agreement fairly quickly.