BEREA, Ohio -- Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett called into question the motivation inside linebacker Karlos Dansby had when signing with the Cleveland Browns at the start of free agency and said his former teammate chose to chase the money rather than go after a championship ring.
Following Wednesday's mini-camp practice in Berea, Dansby responded to the questioning.
"That's his opinion. I'm a visionary, man," Dansby said. "I'm a leader, and that's what a leader is. A leader is a visionary that has a poor development of fear and no concept of the odds stacked against him.
"That's me. That's what I am, and I've got to give that credit to (former Miami Dolphins head) coach (Tony) Sparano. He gave me a picture and I look at it every day. I've got it saved on my phone. It's a snapshot of me in action with that quote on the side. That's the definition of a leader, and that's what I am. I'm not going to follow him down that path. I'm going to stay focused on what I'm doing here."
Dansby did say that he took offense to Dockett's statements not because they were a personal attack against him, but because they insulted his former teammates in Arizona, a place he spent seven seasons (2004-2009, 2013).
"If you're a leader, you can't go about doing that," Dansby said. "The way he was saying it, I feel he doesn't believe in the guys in the locker room. That's how I look at it. If I was to leave and you feel you can't make noise because I'm gone, you don't trust the guys.
"How can you be a leader and say something like that? It's disappointing. You disappointed everybody in that organization, disappointed all the guys in the locker room, and I've got a lot of respect for the guys in that locker room. I would never have said that about another man."
When he signed with the Browns, Dansby joined a defense with pass-rushing outside linebackers in Jabaal Sheard, Paul Kruger, Barkevious Mingo and Quentin Groves. And with that group of players, Dansby believes there will be "a whole lot of sacks this year."
"We're going to be poised," Dansby said. "We're going to be sound. We're going to play hard and we're going to play fast. We've got a lot of talent around this field, especially on the defensive side of the ball, so we're going to use it all."
It is because of the talent already on the roster that Dansby said there is "a lot" to like about the Browns, a team that he believes gives him "an opportunity to win."
"We've got a lot of champions in this division, so why not go into one of the toughest divisions in the world and come out of it and get an opportunity to win the Super Bowl?" Dansby said. "You do that, and you'll make history. You'll be a legend forever, and that's what I'm chasing."