2013 NFL free agents: Arizona Cardinals sign linebacker Karlos Dansby

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

"The Dirty Bird" returns to the team that drafted him.

The Arizona Cardinals bolstered their linebacking corp, adding free agent Karlos Dansby, signing him to a one-year contract.

Dansby comes back to the desert, where the Cardinals drafted him in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played his first six seasons here and then signed a big free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins. He played in Miami for three seasons.

Dansby led the Dolphins last season with a career-high 133 tackles and also had one sack while starting all 16 games. It was his second consecutive season of over 100 tackles and the sixth 100+ tackle season of his career. Dansby is one of two active NFL players (London Fletcher) with at least 30 career sacks (31.5) and 10 career interceptions (11).

The addition of Dansby gives the team great depth at inside linebacker and quality insurance should Daryl Washington have to miss more than just the four games that he is currently suspended for under the NFL substance abuse policy. Washington's future is a bit unclear presently because of a domestic abuse arrest.

He has returned. "Los" or "The Dirty Bird" comes back. At 31, he is older but not over the hill. And based on the contracts that the Cards have been giving to veteran free agents, he will be motivated to play well to earn a 2014 contract.

Including Washington, the Cards now have Dansby, Jasper Brinkley, rookie Kevin Minter and Reggie Walker in the mix at inside linebacker, plus Lorenzo Alexander also can play the position.

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