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From the Plains to the pros: Karlos Dansby

Editor's note: Auburn has a rich history of sending players to the NFL. With that in mind, beat writer Ryan Black takes a look at each former Tiger that finds himself on an NFL roster (or should be once free agency and training camps shake out). The series will begin with those who have already been in the league for more than one season and conclude with the latest crop of players to land in the NFL, either through the draft or as an undrafted free agent.

Karlos Dansby, Cleveland Browns

Position: Linebacker

Drafted: Taken with the No. 33 overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2004

Career stats (through 10 seasons): 152 games played (143 starts) ; 1,009 tackles; 38.0 sacks; 15 interceptions (four returned for touchdowns); 17 forced fumbles; 10 fumble recoveries

2014 outlook: After the best all-around year of his pro career — setting single-season highs for solo tackles (114), interceptions (four, two which he returned for touchdowns) and passes defensed (19) — one would think there was no way Arizona would let the free-agent-to-be walk. But they did, as they were concerned his age wouldn't be worth the money he wanted. So Arizona's loss turned into Cleveland's gain, as the Browns inked Dansby to a four-year, $24 million deal, with $14 million guaranteed. Dansby will move into the starting inside linebacker slot vacated by D'Qwell Jackson. What's more, it will show whether Dansby was worth the money or whether Arizona cut ties at the right time.