We've got some decent (ILBs) on our team. I like our linebacker corps. I would say it's a need of the team, sure. It's one of the needs. You've got some age at the position right now. I've got to get younger there, and I've got to get a better performance on the field. Inside and outside are key positions in free agency and the draft.
Miami has taken care of the inside position in a big way, signing former Arizona Cardinals defender Karlos Dansby(notes) to a five-year, $43 million contract with $22 million guaranteed. Dansby has been franchised by the Cards the last two seasons, but a third tender would have been extremely financially prohibitive. And as they started to rid themselves of several key players, Dansby was out the door, as well.
It's a big hit for Arizona and a great get for the Dolphins. Dansby is a dynamic hitter who can cover exceptionally well for a 3-4 inside guy -- the Cards would even occasionally put him at center field, almost as a really big nickel safety, at times. Now, he'll man the middle with Channing Crowder(notes), leaving Nolan with a potentially dominant inside game. This move also lets the Dolphins address on their need for a franchise-level nose tackle through the draft. The deal is the richest ever for a pure inside linebacker, but with defenses in the AFC East doing everything possible to trump each other, it was a necessary move.