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Dansby was the anchor of the defense and could very well be the top player on the team. It’s hard to beat 122 tackles, 6.5 sacks, four interceptions and two touchdowns. Check that, it can’t be beat. Arizona should make signing him a priority in the offseason since he will be a free agent.
Washington missed the first four games of the season after being suspended by the league for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Washington still had a solid season with 75 tackles and three sacks. If he had a full season, the Arizona defense would have been better, especially against the pass.
Abraham was another player who came over in free agency and signed a two-year contract. Arizona got the most of the first season. Abraham had 31 tackles but finished the season with 11.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. Abraham had a pair of three-sack games and looks rejuvenated in Arizona.
Shaughnessy was pressed into service after Sam Acho and Lorenzo Alexander both suffered season-ending injuries in New Orleans. He recovered three fumbles and scored a defensive touchdown on the first play from scrimmage against Houston. He has potential to perform at this level, but he might get buried on the depth chart.