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Darnell Dockett | Defensive Lineman

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/27/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 290
College: Florida State
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Cardinals president Michael Bidwill hopes to restructure Darnell Dockett's contract and have him retire as a Cardinal.
Bidwill's comments come the same day GM Steve Keim said he's had a "lot of dialogue" with Dockett's agent, and that he's hopeful of a new deal. Bidwill's use of "restructure" is good news for Dockett, as it appears the Cards are willing to tack a year or two onto his deal in exchange for lowering his $9.8 million salary-cap number. Money would likely be spread around in the form of a bonus that could be prorated over the next 1-2 years. It's doubtful a restructure would include any guaranteed money for 2016. Dockett turns 34 in May. Feb 24 - 6:08 PM

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Cardinals GM Steve Keim says he's had a "lot of dialogue" with Darnell Dockett's agent, and that he's hopeful of reaching a revised deal.

Going on 34 after missing all of 2014 with a torn ACL, Dockett is due $6.8 million between salary and bonuses. He'll count $9.8 million against the cap. The Cardinals are likely angling for a straight pay-cut, not a restructure. The situation will come to a head before the start of free agency on March 10.
Feb 24 - 3:30 PM

Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website imagines "something needs to be done" with LE Darnell Dockett's contract.

Dockett will turn 34 in May and is coming off a torn ACL that forced him to miss the entire 2014 season. He's scheduled to earn $6.8 million in salary and bonuses this season and count $9.8 million against the cap. With the Cardinals close to hammering out a new deal with Larry Fitzgerald, Dockett will be the next order of business. He might not be as lucky as Fitzgerald and get to stay in the desert. The Cardinals are over the cap and need to trim some excess fat.
Feb 18 - 10:19 AM

Cardinals LE Darnell Dockett (injured reserve) underwent successful ACL surgery on Monday.

Dockett's surgery took place just one week after his injury, a quick turnaround. Per coach Bruce Arians, Dockett had "no ancillary damage." Although he's now well on the wrong side of 30, Dockett has more than enough time to get back to 100 percent for Week 1 2015.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 05:31:00 PM

Cardinals placed LE Darnell Dockett on injured reserve with a torn ACL, ending his season.

It was originally reported that Dockett tore both his ACL and MCL, but he only tore the ACL. Dockett will undergo surgery ASAP, as coach Bruce Arians wants his veteran presence on the sideline at games this season. The Cardinals have signed NT Isaac Sopoaga and DE Ryan McBean as defensive line insurance. Veteran Frostee Rucker and rookie Kareem Martin will fill the left end void.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 05:48:00 PM

Cardinals LE Darnell Dockett suffered a torn ACL and MCL in Monday's practice and is done for the season.

It's a huge loss. Dockett, 33, isn't the same pass rusher he was years ago, but he was a key cog on Arizona's three-man line. Third-round rookie Kareem Martin projects to fill in for Dockett. Journeyman Frostee Rucker is another option. Having lost Dockett, Daryl Washington, and Karlos Dansby from last year's front seven, the Cards could field a legitimately bad defense in 2014.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 08:53:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Cardinals LE Darnell Dockett was carted off the field with a right knee injury at practice Monday.

He's headed for an MRI. Dockett had to be helped to the cart by teammate C Lyle Sendlein and couldn't put much weight on his leg. We'll provide an update once the Cardinals do. Dockett is a key cog in Arizona's run defense.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 07:08:00 PM

Cardinals LE Darnell Dockett was carted off the practice field Monday with an apparent leg injury.

Dockett limped his way to the cart, so it may end up being nothing serious. The 33-year-old hasn't been the same disruptive player the past couple seasons, but is still a strong run defender. If Dockett were to miss any amount of time, third-round rookie Kareem Martin and veteran Frostee Rucker would fill in.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 06:20:00 PM

The Cardinals may approach LE Darnell Dockett about a pay cut this offseason.

Dockett is owed $5.75 million in salary and bonuses after struggling as a pass rusher in 2013, recording 4.5 sacks. He turns 33 in May. The Cards do not have a viable in-house replacement, so GM Steve Keim will have to tread lightly with Dockett, who remains a critical piece of Arizona's stout run defense.
Mon, Jan 13, 2014 02:00:00 PM

Darnell Dockett did not return to Arizona's Week 4 win over the Bucs after departing in the second half with a left groin injury.

Dockett was deemed questionable, but never returned. It casts doubt on his Week 5 status, but it's possible the Cardinals were just playing things safe with so many other injuries along their front seven. Dockett's status will be updated no later than Monday.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 05:01:00 PM

Darnell Dockett admitted that he "hated" the 3-4 scheme former DC Ray Horton ran last season.

Dockett was asked to keep offensive linemen off the linebackers, not make plays himself. He ended up with just 1.5 sacks and 34 tackles in 15 games -- his worst numbers since 2005. New defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will run a hybrid scheme that features Dockett in his natural role -- an interior pass-rusher that disrupts plays in the backfield. "It's like a million pounds off your shoulders," Dockett said. Expect a bounce-back season.
Wed, May 8, 2013 10:58:00 AM

Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett said he would have asked for a trade had Ken Whisenhunt returned as head coach.

It's not a secret that Dockett was unhappy with his role in old DC Ray Horton's defense. It showed in Dockett's numbers, as he managed 1.5 sacks in 15 games last year while being asked to "two-gap" as a 3-4 end. Under Bruce Arians, Dockett is determined to rediscover 2007-10 form, when he averaged over six sacks per season. Arians promises Dockett will be an interior rusher from here on out, smartly catering to his difference-making player's strengths.
Sun, Jan 27, 2013 10:24:00 AM

New coach Bruce Arians told Darnell Dockett that he will be more of a full-time interior pass rusher in the Cardinals' 2013 defense.

Dockett was wishy-washy when asked by reporters after the season if he wanted to return to Arizona. He sounds genuinely amped now. "He told me I was going to play some of my regular positions, positions I played when I was a dominant force in the middle," Dockett said. "And that got me fired up." Playing less of a two-gapping end spot moving forward, Dockett's sack numbers should rise.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 05:37:00 PM

Darnell Dockett gave a vague response when asked if he wanted to return to the Cardinals in 2013.

Dockett hinted that he feels unwanted and that the organization needs to be more committed to winning, but also says he's content in Arizona. He was one of several veterans to butt heads with coach Ken Whisenhunt this season. "At the end of the day my loyalty is with the Cardinals," Dockett said. "I have given this organization everything I've got. I love playing here. I love some of the talent we've got."
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:28:00 PM

Arizona XTRA 910's Mike Jurecki reports Cardinals RE Darnell Dockett has been fined "six figures" by the team for his in-game altercation with teammate Kerry Rhodes in Week 13, and "could have a limited role" vs. Seattle.

The report has been confirmed by the Arizona Republic. Dockett reportedly spit in Rhodes' face, but that's yet to be confirmed. As it is, we have a hard time believing the sinking Cardinals would limit one of their best player's roles in hostile Seattle. Perhaps Dockett will sit out the game's first few series.
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 06:04:00 PM

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