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Cards put franchise tag on Dansby

by Kent Somers - Feb. 17, 2009 02:16 PM

The Arizona Republic

The Cardinals designated Karlos Dansby as their franchise player Tuesday for the second straight year while continuing to negotiate a long-term deal with the agent for the inside linebacker.

An NFL source said Dansby was given the non-exclusive tag, which allows him to receive offers from other teams. But the Cardinals retain right of first refusal and would receive two first-round picks in return if they declined to match the offer.

It's highly unlikely another team would make Dansby an offer.

NFL teams have until Thursday to designate franchise players, so the Cardinals' move wasn't a surprise. There has been progress in negotiations with Dansby's agent, Kirk Wood, but the two sides aren't close to a deal.

The franchise tag is a way for the team to keep Dansby and continue to negotiate a long-term contract.

The franchise tag this year guarantees Dansby a salary of $9.7 million in 2009 should he sign it. Dansby made $8.065 million as the franchise player last year.

Cardinals General Manager Rod Graves could not be immediately reached for comment. Earlier Tuesday, he declined to say if the team was going to put the franchise tag on Dansby.

Wood declined comment.

Wood and Graves likely will resume negotiations this week in Indianapolis, site of the NFL Scouting Combine. Graves also is expected to meet with Mark Bartelstein, Kurt Warner's agent, in Indianapolis.

Warner is due to become an unrestricted free agent on Feb. 27 but has said he wants to remain a Cardinal if he decides to continue his playing career.

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Arizona's GM/cap guy is a dope who got mega-lucky with Kurt Warner's career as a starter not being over.

So over the first 2 years after Dansby's rookie deal ended, they guaranteed him $8M and now another $10M. And then he's not under contract after the year yet again. They could have locked him up and guaranteed him less than that (or in that ballpark at worst) in Feb 2008 before we gave Pace that mega-deal.

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