Dansby was on the fringes of the Defensive Player of the Year conversation. As the only player with at least 300 tackles and 15 sacks over the last three seasons, Washington has been the NFL's most lethal inside blitzer.
The loss of Washington can't be understated, as evidenced by general manager Steve Keim's atypically strong public acknowledgement that the linebacker has put the organization is a position that will compromise its chances of winning in 2014.
As long as coordinator Todd Bowles had the 2012 Pro Bowl selection flying to the ball, he could afford to break in Kevin Minter as Dansby's replacement. Now that both inside spots have been severely downgraded, the backbone of a stout defense is in danger of devolving into a weakness that will sabotage an outfit that was in the running for the "Around The League Podcast" Team of 2014.