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Darnell Dockett | Defensive Lineman | #90

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (36) / 5/27/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 290
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 3 (64) / ARZ

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Former Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett is retiring from football.
He will sign a one-day deal to retire with the Cardinals on Monday. 35-year-old Dockett spent the last two seasons out of football following an ACL tear. He will hang 'em up with 40.5 career sacks -- seventh most in Cardinals franchise history -- and three Pro Bowl appearances. In his prime, Dockett was one of the NFL's premier interior rushers. Dockett lacks Hall of Fame credentials, but he deserves a spot in the Cardinals' Ring of Honor. Sun, Jul 24, 2016 03:19:00 PM

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49ers released DT Darnell Dockett.

This is our first surprise cut of the weekend. Dockett was signed to a two-year, $7.5 million contract that included $2 million guaranteed in April. He was supposed to help replace retired DE Justin Smith. Dockett had been operating as a sub-package pass rusher in camp and preseason, but apparently wasn't showing much coming off his 2014 torn ACL. Dockett turned 34 earlier this year.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 11:01:00 AM

49ers DE Darnell Dockett is battling a rib "contusion."

Dockett caused a stir among 49ers people when he tweeted he had a broken rib, but coach Jim Tomsula said it's simply a contusion and the expectation is Dockett will be ready for Week 1 against the Vikings. Dockett has been operating as the left end in sub-packages, focusing on rushing the passer.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 07:38:00 PM

The 49ers plan to use DL Darnell Dockett as a nickel pass rusher this season.

First-round LE Arik Armstead and RE Glenn Dorsey will presumably be the 49ers' defensive ends on base downs. Dockett and Tank Carradine will come on for passing situations, rushing quarterbacks from the interior. 34-year-old Dockett has been fully cleared from the ACL tear that wiped out his 2014 season.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 04:12:00 PM

49ers DE Darnell Dockett (ACL) has been cleared for training camp.

Dockett tore his ACL last August. Headed into his age-34 campaign, Dockett figures to be brought along slowly even though he's avoided the PUP list. Not the pass rusher he once was, Dockett is unlikely to come close to the 890 snaps he played for Arizona in 2013.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 06:34:00 PM

49ers DE Darnell Dockett (ACL surgery) is on track for training camp.

Dockett hasn’t been cleared for OTAs, but remains ahead of schedule. His status for Week 1 isn’t in doubt. Dockett projects to play three-technique when healthy.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 06:36:00 PM

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.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 05:12:00 PM

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.
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 09:46:00 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.
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 09:59:00 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.
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 08:23:00 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.
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 10:04:00 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.
Mon, Mar 2, 2015 03:15:00 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.
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 05:09:00 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.
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 04:02:00 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.
Tue, Feb 24, 2015 06:08:00 PM

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