Karlos Dansby didn't return a message last week, but he did just go on XTRA 910 radio with Mike Jurecki and Dan Bickley just now talking about his contract situation. Dansby said the Cardinals told him today negotiations were over heading into Wednesday's deadline to sign a franchised player – in this case, Dansby – to a long-term contract until after the season. This comes as no surprise, after GM Rod Graves acknowledged last week the two sides were far apart in contract talks.
Dansby called the situation "unfortunate" a few times, but he certainly didn't sound angry. He repeatedly called what both he and the Cardinals were doing "making business decisions."
"My understanding is they have already made their business decision," Dansby said. "I've already made my business decision. We're not going to get anything done right now. … I wish we could have gotten something done."
On being a Cardinal: "I want to be here. They definitely want me here." And later on the same subject, "I definitely want to be a member of the Cardinals long-term. Why leave now?"
Dansby said, from his perspective, the two sides were never close to any deal (reportedly the sides were closing in on a deal right before Dansby changed agents). He said he was open to negotiating during the season; while Dansby can't sign a deal after the deadline until after the regular season, the two sides can talk about a new contract. Interestingly, he insisted the possibility of an uncapped year when he becomes a free agent doesn't "have anything to do with it. We just both made a business decision."
Dansby didn't exactly act giddy about hitting the open market but it's hard to believe – with almost $10 million in guaranteed salary this season already – that he won't embrace free agency. It's also why it makes sense why he said he won't let the inability to get an extension bother him. "I have no choice," Dansby said. "I have to be a happy camper. That's the business. It won't take away my love for the game."