Go ahead. Pass the Kleenex around.
There's going to be plenty of crying tonight in the Valley of the Sun.
Both signed huge contracts, making them some of the highest-paid players at their positions. In fact, Rolle reportedly has signed the largest deal for a safety ever.
But let's talk about this in terms of what Arizona fans can take away from these deals.
1. This Is a Testament to How Far the Cardinals Have Come
These were players developed in the Cardinals system. In other words, they were drafted by the Cardinals and learned from their coaches. They were two of the most highly-sought-after free agents in this class. This just shows how far the Cardinals have come since being the laughingstock of the league.
2. The Cardinals Couldn't Have Afforded What These Players Were Paid
Don't get me wrong, folks. I highly respect Dansby and Rolle—and I truly wish the best for them. But maybe they were a little overpaid with these deals? I mean, Rolle being the highest paid safety in NFL history? The Cardinals wanted him back for sure—but they also knew he had some weaknesses in his game.
The Cardinals seem to be operating under the age-old philosophy of not "putting all your eggs in one basket." They obviously believe the money can be better spent elsewhere, although I do believe they offered both some sort of contract.
3. This Is Not the Ending for Arizona
Don't be disheartened, Cardinals fans. Big names have come and gone from Arizona for the last several years—Calvin Pace, Thomas Jones, Antonio Smith. But since Ken Whisenhunt has taken over, the Cardinals have found a way to rebound. Sure, Arizona hasn't seen this type of carnage—maybe ever. But good organizations find a way to plug players in and make it work—teams like Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.
That's exactly what Arizona is trying to do.
The biggest results from this for Arizona come in terms of who will replace these two stars of the defense. We could see Arizona sign a guy like Larry Foote to come in to fill Dansby's shoes. Or it could be a chance for a guy like Monty Beisel or Reggie Walker to step in.
As for Rolle, it looks like Rashad Johnson will have some serious growing up to do in the desert, as the Cardinals are now dangerously thin at safety.
So how about your thoughts? Comment below on who should replace these defensive stalwarts, or vote in the poll. Thanks for reading!