Karlos Dansby released by Dolphins, per report

Marc Serota

Once signed to the biggest contract for an inside linebacker ever, Miami is parting ways with their leading tackler.

In March of 2010, the Dolphins signed inside linebacker Karlos Dansby to a five-year, $43 million contract with $22 million guaranteed. Three years later, they are releasing Dansby.

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Though he led the team with 101 solo tackles and 33 assisted tackles, it appears that Dansby has become too rich for their blood after signing wide receiver Mike Wallace to a five-year, $65 million contract with $30 million guaranteed. Miami appeared to be in good position with the cap, reportedly entering with about $30 million in room, but they did not see fit to keep paying Dansby. The move should save them a little less than $4 million against the salary cap.

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Dansby, 31, was a second round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2004 out of Auburn. He has never made the Pro Bowl, but Dansby has made 127 starts in nine seasons, with 31.5 sacks and eleven interceptions. His 134 total tackles were a career high and Miami finished 21st in total defense in 2012. Dansby spent six years in Arizona and three years in Miami, and will now hit the market as a free agent again.

The contract with the Dolphins was the highest ever given to an inside linebacker at the time, but he's not likely to find money like that again. That doesn't mean he won't have his suitors. Dansby should have no problem finding a new home again.

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