TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -The Arizona Cardinals have placed the ``non-exclusive'' franchise tag on linebacker Karlos Dansby, the team said Thursday.
The move means Dansby has been offered a one-year deal worth just over $8 million, the average salary of the five highest-paid linebackers in the NFL last season. The Cardinals can continue to negotiate a long-term deal through July 15. If Dansby signs an offer sheet from another team, Arizona can match it or receive two first-round draft picks as compensation.
Dansby led the team in tackles with 117 despite missing two games because of injury. He also had 3 1/2 sacks, three interceptions and four forced fumbles.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound player moved from outside linebacker to inside under new coach Ken Whisenhunt last season to make better use of his speed and playmaking ability. A second-round draft pick out of Auburn in 2004, Dansby has 382 tackles in 58 NFL games.
of injuries, but were not going to allow him to leave after his strong 2007 season. The Cardinals last used their franchise tag in 2002 on safety Kwame Lassiter.

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