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NFL free agency: Arizona Cardinals reportedly have reached out to D'Qwell Jackson

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He is perhaps a backup plan for the team in case Dansby doesn't return.

Matt Sullivan

The Arizona Cardinals reportedly have interest in a veteran linebacker -- only it isn't Karlos DansbyAccording to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team has reached out to linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, who was recently released by the Cleveland Browns. They hope to bring him in for a visit this next week.

Jackson, 30 years old, will enter his ninth season. He spent most of his career as a 4-3 middle linebacker and played inside in a 3-4 under Ray Horton in 2013. He logged 141 tackles, 1.5 sacks and had an interception.

ESPN's Josh Weinfuss was not surprised at the rumor, citing that the Cardinals can't "just sit around and wait for" Dansby to make a decision.

He would bring the same type of veteran presence to the locker room that Dansby did, and, as a veteran, would likely fit in really well with other vets like John Abraham and Darnell Dockett.

If anything else, kicking the tires and bringing in Jackson might provide a wee bit of leverage for Dansby to agree to a contract, as he does wish to remain in Arizona.

Speculation is that he is on the verge of signing, as Jasper Brinkley, who would have been the insurance policy for a Dansby departure, was released on Friday.