Dansby is on pace for a 129-tackle season despite playing most of it with a torn biceps.
He has been one of the league's most proficient linebackers in pass coverage as well. Dansby has been thrown at 62 times and allowed only 41 completions, giving him the seventh best percentage caught-rate among inside linebackers (per Pro Football Focus).
Quarterbacks also have a pedestrian 88.2 rating when throwing into his coverage.
Despite his performance, there are a number of factors that make Dansby an appealing candidate for the chopping block following this season.
First, there's his contract, which is the most important factor in the equation. He's due approximately $15 million over the next two years, which is serious money for anybody, let alone a 31-year-old linebacker who has underachieved and has to undergo biceps surgery after this season