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Darnell Dockett | Defensive Lineman

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/27/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 290
College: Florida State
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49ers DE Darnell Dockett (ACL surgery) has not been cleared for minicamp.
Dockett has been attending voluntary workouts, but is still in rehab mode. The 49ers are moving him along slowly less than nine months removed from his ACL surgery. Dockett will compete for a starting job when healthy. Apr 29 - 5:12 PM

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49ers signed DE Darnell Dockett to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.

The deal includes $4M in the first year but only $2M guaranteed. It's more than the Cardinals offered Dockett to come back, but still reflects his status as a 34-year-old (in May) who missed all of 2014 due to an August ACL tear. In San Francisco, Dockett will compete with Tank Carradine and others for the starting 3-4 end job vacated by Ray McDonald. Most likely, Dockett will end up in a heavy rotation.
Mar 5 - 9:46 AM

Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 Phoenix hears the 49ers are "closing in" on signing free agent DE Darnell Dockett.

Staying in the NFC West with San Francisco would give Dockett a chance to face the team that cut him twice per year. He would compete with Tank Carradine and others for the starting defensive end job vacated by Ray McDonald.
Mar 4 - 9:59 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers, Cardinals, Seahawks, and Rams are all interested in free agent DT Darnell Dockett.

Dockett, 34 in May, is leaning toward joining the 49ers or returning to Arizona, and is expected to decide Wednesday. The Cardinals offered Dockett $2.5 million plus another $1.5 million in incentives before cutting him last week, so that may be the top of his market. Arizona may also be the only team of the four where he'd start. Dockett would be a rotational lineman for the others.
Mar 4 - 8:23 AM

Before getting cut, free agent DE Darnell Dockett turned down a $4 million offer to stay with the Cardinals.

The base salary was $2.5 million but it would have been worth up to $4 million with incentives. Considering Dockett was scheduled to make $6.55 million, it's understandable why he balked at the pay cut. Dockett could always crawl back to Arizona if he doesn't get a better offer, but for now, it appears he'll go into free agency with an asking price higher than $4 million.
Mar 3 - 10:04 AM

Free agent DE Darnell Docket will visit the 49ers on Monday.

Dockett was let go by Arizona on Friday after refusing a pay cut. He missed all of last season with a torn ACL but should be ready to go by training camp. The 33-year-old has racked up 40.5 sacks since entering the league in 2004, although just 9.5 have come since the 2010 season ended.
Mar 2 - 3:15 PM

Profootballtalk reports the Cardinals released DE Darnell Dockett because the sides couldn't agree on his market value.

The Cardinals attempted to extend Dockett after he refused to take a pay cut, but were unwilling to meet his asking price. Dockett will only return to Arizona if he can't get a better deal on the open market. The Cardinals are a projected $17 million under the 2015 salary cap.
Feb 27 - 5:09 PM

Cardinals released DE Darnell Dockett.

Dockett was not amenable to a pay cut after missing all of 2014 with a torn ACL. He recently tweeted his displeasure with renegotiation talks. Dockett turns 34 in May and has lost most of his early-career pass-rush ability, though he remained a strong run defender the last time he played. Cutting Dockett frees up $6.8 million in salary cap space. GM Steve Keim said in a statement Friday that the Cardinals want Dockett back at a cheaper price.
Feb 27 - 4:02 PM

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

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