2010 NFL Free Agency: Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals Trade Linebackers

March 20, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins have now come to accords with players who spent 2009 on the other’s team.
Miami gets the benefit of unloading Joey Porter, an aging dissident who no longer appeared to fit into the team’s long-term plans, while adding Karlos Dansby, a stud run-stuffer in the middle who is in his prime at age 28.
Arizona augments the loss inside with Porter's pass-rushing boost to the outside—and it comes with a much nicer price tag than it would have taken to retain Dansby.
However, both players were signed as free agents—and not actually acquired by trade. 
Dansby entered into the offseason as a hot ticket—an unrestricted free agent in an uncapped year that increased the number of restricted tags tremendously.  This inflated his market value by a solid amount that led to Miami’s five-year, $43 million contract.
That is far above the norm for a defensive player who is not expected to put up b...

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