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NFL free agents: Darnell Dockett reportedly visiting rival 49ers

This might be tough for some Cardinals fans.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn't long ago that he threatened it.

Defensive lineman Darnell Dockettrecently released by the Arizona Cardinals, tweeted recently he was going to play in Arizona in 2015 one way or another -- either eight games as a Cardinal or one game as an opponent.

Ed Werder reported on Monday Dockett was scheduled to visit the NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers Monday evening.

Dockett was released by Arizona when he and the team could not agree on a restructured contract. He was due to make more than $6.5 million in salary in 2015 and his salary cap hit was $9.8 million. He was reportedly offered a one-year deal by the Cardinals, worth $2.5 million and incentives that could have paid him as much as $4 million for one season.

Dockett is now free to negotiate with any team he wants or that wants him. The Cardinals still would like Dockett to return. He has been given the opportunity to see his worth on the market at age 34 coming off of a torn ACL and a season without having played a down.

Is it harsh for Dockett to make his first reported visit within the division? Should the Niners have interest in the veteran?

If he ends up signing with San Fran, it wouldn't be surprising. While the Cardinals and the Niners have had a recent rivalry, he has always held San Francisco fans in high regard for their passion.

Are you as a fan offended that Dockett would visit "that" team?