The decision didn't come on Wednesday as Adam Schefter reported it was expected to happen. Free agent defensive lineman Darnell Dockett has not decided whether to return to the Arizona Cardinals or sign with another NFC West team.
However, on Wednesday evening, reporter and radio host Mike Jurecki reported the San Francisco 49ers were "closing in on" Dockett, indicating an offer was coming and that Dockett had passed his physical already.
The Cardinals released him last week after the two parties were unable to reach an agreement on a restructured contract. Dockett was due to make more than $6.5 million and his contract was to take $9.8 million in salary cap space. Officially, he was released because of a failed physical.
Arizona and Dockett were reportedly less than $1 million apart in terms of salary. Arizona was said to have offered a one-year, $2.5 million contract, worth up to $4 million in playing time and performance incentives (being active on game days, playing at least 70 percent of the team's snaps, reaching 10 sacks and making the Pro Bowl).
Dockett visited San Francisco on Monday and reportedly has interest from the other two teams in the division -- the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams.
Arizona would still like Dockett to return.
Dockett did tweet he would play in Arizona one way or another -- either eight games as a Cardinal or one game as an opponent.
If Jurecki's source is right, we just will get to see Dockett play at University of Phoenix Stadium this season. It just will be for "the enemy."