The Arizona Cardinals announced that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with linebacker KARLOS DANSBY and a two-year contract with kicker PHIL DAWSON. In accordance with club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Dansby (6-4, 250) rejoins the Cardinals for the third time after spending last season with the Cincinnati Bengals. He previously played with the Cardinals for six seasons (2004-09) after beginning his career with Arizona as a second-round pick (33rd overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Auburn and then rejoined the team in 2013 for one season.
During his first six seasons with the Cardinals, Dansby appeared in 90 games (83 starts) and collected 623 tackles (486 solos), 25.5 sacks, 10 interceptions, 27 passes defensed, 13 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries. In 2013 with the Cardinals, he was named second-team All-Pro after he started all 16 games and had a career-high 135 tackles to go along with 6.5 sacks, four interceptions, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.
Entering his 14th NFL season, the 35-year old Dansby has also played with Miami (2010-12) and Cleveland (2014-15). Last season in Cincinnati, Dansby led the Bengals with 114 tackles after playing in all 16 games (seven starts). For his career, Dansby has appeared in 196 games (179 starts) and has recorded 1,405 tackles (1,050 solos), 42 sacks, 19 interceptions (six returned for touchdowns), 18 forced fumbles and 11 fumble recoveries. Dansby has nine career 100-tackle seasons, including five times with the Cardinals. He needs one more interception to become just the fifth player in NFL history with at least 40 career sacks and 20 career interceptions (Ray Lewis, Wilber Marshall, Seth Joyner, Brian Urlacher). His six interceptions returned for touchdowns are tied with Hall of Famers Bobby Bell and Derrick Brooks for the most by a linebacker in NFL history.
An 18-year NFL veteran, Dawson (5-11, 200) ranks 10th in NFL history with 404 career field goals and has the highest all-time field goal percentage among kickers with 400+ made field goals in league history (84.5%). He has played in 279 career games, second-most among all active players (Adam Vinatieri, 322) and has made 404-of-478 field goals and 480-of-490 PATs. His 404 field goals and 1,692 points rank third among active players, trailing only Vinatieri (530 FGs, 2,378 points) and Sebastian Janikowski (414 FGs, 1,799 points). Last season, Dawson connected on 18-of-21 field goals (85.7%) after converting 24-of-27 field goals (88.9%), including a perfect 3-for-3 on kicks of 50+ yards in 2015 when he was named the 49ers team MVP.
The 42-year old Dawson played collegiately at Texas and entered the league as an undrafted rookie free agent with Oakland in 1998. He was with the Patriots practice squad as a rookie before signing with Cleveland in 1999. Dawson went on to spend 14 seasons with the Browns and set a franchise record with 305 field goals and ranks second in team history with 1,265 points (Lou Groza-1,349). He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012 with the Browns and was twice named second-team All-Pro (2007, 2012). He then signed with the 49ers in 2013 where he made 99-of-115 field goals (86.1%) over the last four seasons, including a franchise-best 14 field goals of 50+ yards.