Cleveland Browns: Karlos Dansby has been released
The Cleveland Browns continue to rebuild with the release of Karlos Dansby Wednesday.
The Cleveland Browns have released linebacker Karlos Dansby, according to ESPN Cleveland’s Pat McManamon.
Cleveland announced they signed linebacker Demario Davis to a two-year deal worth $8 million earlier Wednesday morning.
Dansby is 34 years of age and obviously on the tail-end of his career, but still had 109 tackles and three interceptions, two being touchdowns, last season in his first year with the Browns.
Dansby was entering the third year of his contract that was worth $24 million over the course of four years. Davis, who will be making less money than the former Arizona Cardinal, was the No. 77 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and is 27 years old.
Davis is most known to Browns fans as the guy who delivered the hit on quarterback Josh McCown that sent him flying like a helicopter last season.
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In Davis’ 51 starts with the Jets he numbered 349 tackles and 6.5 sacks. In the last three seasons Davis has totaled 313 tackles and seven sacks. Although compared to Dansby it isn’t quite as productive, the former New York Jets linebacker is younger, physical and incredibly durable.
Although 2015 was not as productive as Davis expected, he didn’t play as many snaps in New York and the Browns and defensive coordinator Ray Horton are eager to get his production increased.
Christian Kirksy, Demario Davis, Nate Orchard and Armonty Bryant is a decent, young core to build with. Craig Robertson is expected to leave via free agency after corralling much attention around the league.
Despite Dansby having a successful season, one of his better ones of his career perhaps, Cleveland is getting younger and the former Auburn standout deserves to play for a contender.
The Cleveland Browns are starting from scratch with this new regime and the release of Karlos Dansby may be the first of a few veterans to leave.
Next: Browns sign Demario Davis
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