We’re still working our way through all the first-weekend signings for a mega post comparing every team’s moves, so for today we’ll share our thoughts on two of the biggest prizes – ex-Cardinals Karlos Dansby, a linebacker who signed with the Dolphins, and Antrel Rolle, a safety who signed with the Giants. By the way, if you want thoughts on another ex-Card, Anquan Boldin, and on new Card Kerry Rhodes, check out our trades comparison.
In Miami, Dansby was one of the big prizes on the free agent market, and his bruising style on the inside is a great fit for the physical 3-4 style the Dolphins use. Dansby can support against the run and drop in coverage effectively, and he’ll make a big play too, as he did against the Packers to win a memorable playoff overtime thriller. He becomes the heartbeat of Miami’s defense with his five-year, $43 million deal that includes $22 million in guaranteed money.
In New York, Rolle broke free from the Cardinals for money reasons, not performance reasons, and coming off his first Pro Bowl he broke the bank with a five-year, $37 million deal that will pay him $22.5 million over the first three years. Rolle is a physical freak, and he developed into a playmaker once he moved from cornerback to free safety. He fills a huge need for the Giants, who fell apart in the back end last year after Kenny Phillips got hurt. With Rolle and Phillips, safety becomes a strength for the Giants, who need to get back to playing defense at an elite level to return to contender status.