Dansby gets tag, but also pay raise

Updated: February 18, 2009, 2:38 PM ET
Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals have put a non-exclusive franchise tag on linebacker Karlos Dansby.

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The move guarantees Dansby a salary of at least $9.7 million next season, the average salary of the five highest-paid players at his position. It also represents a 20 percent raise over what he made last year.

The non-exclusive tag allows Dansby to field offers from other teams, but the Cardinals may match it or receive two first-round picks as compensation.

The Cardinals can continue to negotiate a long-term contract with Dansby through July 15.

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