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Karlos Dansby Signing with Ohio's Contender, the Cincinnati Bengals

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When the Cleveland Browns granted the release of ILB Karlos Dansby earlier this month, it was an amicable split. It allows the Browns to clear some cap space and get younger at the position, while also giving Dansby a shot to "go after a ring." This morning, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that the Cincinnati Bengals are signing the veteran linebacker:

The Browns released Dansby on March 16. That same day, he told local reporters that he imagined the Bengals would be licking their chops to sign him.

There are some subtleties there that indicate some tampering might have taken place -- how would Dansby immediately predict the Bengals would want to sign him, only to land there two weeks later? That's alright, though -- I don't really care in an instance like this. Dansby will face his former teammates twice this coming season, but he might be doing so in a rotational role after Vontaze Burfict returns from suspension.