The Arizona Cardinals are attempting to address the contract situation with defensive lineman Darnell Dockett. He enters the final year of his contract and is due to make $6.5 million in salary. He will count $9.8 million against the salary cap.
At almost 34 years old and coming off of a season he missed because of a torn ACL, the team would like to get that cap number down so they can be aggressive in free agency.
General manager Steve Keim stated last week he would reach out to Dockett to discuss his contract. The latest, according to reporter and radio host Mike Jurecki, is that the two sides continue to work on coming to a resolution. Both sides want to get a deal done so Dockett can stay in Arizona.
Dockett, though, has not been shy about the fact he might not be a Cardinal in 2015. He tweeted this on Monday:
No matter the logo I'm gonna win that comeback player of the year....— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) February 23, 2015
Dockett has the support of his head coach and teammates. Bruce Arians has said he wants Dockett back. Steve Keim said the team missed him.
Teammate Patrick Peterson tweeted this on Monday as well:
If my boy @ddockett not back in AZ with me that will be weird and BS!!!!!! #makeithappen— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) February 23, 2015
Dockett is expected to have to take a substantial pay cut to stick around. Of course, perhaps the Cardinals will extend his contract at least one more year.