New York Giants: Why Karlos Dansby Should Be a Free Agent Priority for 2013

Doug RushSenior Analyst IMarch 16, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 04:  Kevin Boss #87 of the Oakland Raiders fights for a loose ball against  Karlos Dansby #58 of the Miami Dolphins during a game at Sun Life Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants have addressed a few needs so far in the first week of free agency.

The team added Cullen Jenkins to replace Chris Canty on a three-year deal to be the starting defensive tackle.

Former cornerback Aaron Ross was brought back after spending one season with the Jacksonville Jaguars and will add depth to their secondary.

And with Lawrence Tynes' departure, the Giants have signed former Rams and Bengals kicker Josh Brown.

One need the Giants have yet to address is their need at middle linebacker.

The team was interested in former Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley, who was brought in for a visit, but after he left his visit with the team, Brinkley met and signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.


The @azcardinals have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with LB Jasper Brinkley (@jasperhitman54) #AZCards #FreeAgency

— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) March 15, 2013


With Brinkley out of the picture, I really feel the Giants need to focus on one target for their middle linebacker spot, Karlos Dansby.

On Thursday, Chris Tomasson from FOX Sports in Florida spoke to Dansby's father, Samuel Dansby, and confirmed that the Giants are one of three teams interested in his services.


Karlos Dansby's father, Samuel Dansby, told FOX Sports Florida teams in mix to sign his Miami-released son include Giants, Ravens, Falcons.

— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) March 13, 2013


By adding the 31-year old to the Giants defense, it would be an immediate upgrade to the linebackers who were on the team in 2012, Chase Blackburn and Mark Herzlich.

Now, the Giants are supposed to have former Panthers and Cowboys linebacker Dan Connor in for a visit on Saturday.


Linebacker Dan Connor to visit Giants |…

— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) March 15, 2013


Honestly, if Connor came to the Giants, he would be best suited as a backup instead of the starter.

Even though he is older, Dansby would provide the Giants defense the kind of playmaking middle linebacker that they have been missing since Antonio Pierce retired before 2010.

In 2012, Dansby had 134 total tackles with 101 of them being solo tackles, and had a sack and forced fumble for the Dolphins.

Dansby also did this with a torn triceps and played through the pain, which just shows how tough he can be in order to keep playing though that kind of injury.

That kind of toughness is something the Giants need in 2013, something I think they lacked in 2012.

At the end of 2011, the Giants had that killer instinct in their pursuit for Super Bowl XLVI, but seemed to play without it the year after.

To me, Dansby is a must-have player that the Giants need in order to really improve and solidify their defense.

And hopefully, with the Giants in the mix for him, they will make him a priority to sign.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.