Josh Sanchez
Tuesday March 11th, 2014

2014 NFL free agency: Cleveland Browns expected to pursue Karlos Dansby Karlos Dansby (top) could fill the void left by D'Qwell Jackson in Cleveland. (Stephen Brashear/AP)

Before the NFL offseason got into full swing, the Cleveland Browns released veteran inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson. It didn't take Jackson long to sign a four-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts, and now Cleveland will need to fill that void on the defensive side of the ball.

Rather than the Browns using an early selection in the 2014 NFL draft to fill the spot, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the team could look to a veteran on the open market to help lead its defense.

Per Cabot, Cleveland is "likely to pursue" Arizona Cardinals free agent linebacker Karlos Dansby.

To land Dansby the Browns will need to outbid other potential suitors, including the Tennessee Titans. Unfortunately for Cleveland, Tennessee has the advantage of having new head coach Ken Whisenhunt -- who was with the Arizona Cardinals during the linebacker's first run in the desert -- to recruit Dansby. If that familiarity is what it takes to sway Dansby to Tennessee, then the Browns will need to look for another linebacker to anchor the defense.

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