The Miami Dolphins Karlos Dansby will be a free agent following the 2012 campaign. If the Dolphins can’t re-sign him they will look to the legal battle between Drew Brees and the NFL as a starting point to decide on whether or not they use the franchise tag to keep him.
Drew Brees won a small but considerably important victory for all NFL players earlier when a judge ruled that franchise tags used prior to last years ratification of the CBA can and will count towards future tag salaries. How this breaks down now is like this. A player who is franchised twice will receive the same standard increases in pay as outlined in the CBA, if a player is tagged for a third time over his career, that amount will jump. For a QB it jumps 144% of his previous years salary. For a non-QB, it jumps to tender amount that a franchised QB would receive.
Karlos Dansby has now been tagged twice. Under the judges ruling in favor of Drew Brees, Brees’ franchise tagging in San Diego counts as one and this years tag counts as number 2. For Miami and Karlos Dansby, who was tagged twice by the Cardinals, Dansby will look to make a QB’s tender if the Dolphins decide to apply the tag next off-season. It’s a decision that the Dolphins will likely try to avoid by either getting Dansby inked to an extension or letting him go free. That is of course if they decide that he is not worth a QB’s salary.
The good news is the Dolphins have time to make that decision. The bad news is of course that at some point they will have to make one.