Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Browns added linebacker Karlos Dansby and safety Donte Whitner in the first day of free agency.
Dansby, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals, agreed to a four-year, $24 million deal that includes $14 million guaranteed.
It was a surprise decision for the 33-year-old Dansby as he declared in February that he intends to re-sign with the Cardinals.
He had a career year in 2013, finishing with 113 tackles, 6.5 sacks and four interceptions — two of which were returned for touchdowns.
Dansby is now tied for third in Cardinals history with four interceptions returned for touchdowns.
He is considered an older but more physical version of D’Qwell Jackson, whom the Browns recently released.
Whitner, who last played for the San Francisco 49ers, agreed on a four-year, $28 million deal.
He is one of the NFL’s hardest-hitting safeties.
The 28-year-old Whitnerspent the past three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers after a five-year stint with the Buffalo Bills, which drafted him eighth overall in the 2006 draft.
He proceeded to earn two Pro Bowl nods during his three years with the 49ers.