The Cardinals have signed DT Darnell Dockett to a four-year contract extension that will pay him $48 million, with $30 million guaranteed. At a press conference late Wednesday afternoon, head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves announced the deal with Dockett.
Dockett, a two-time Pro Bowler, has played all of his six seasons with the Cardinals after being selected in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft. He has started all 16 games in each of the last five seasons.
This year, Dockett made a concerted effort to follow in the footsteps of teammate SS Adrian Wilson in being a team player and attending offseason workouts. Dockett, who in the past had been less likely to attend offseason programs, was duly rewarded, like Wilson, for his hard work, instead of him taking the approach of former teammate WR Anquan Boldin.
One of the top defensive linemen in the game, Dockett had seven sacks last season, best among defensive tackles, and he has 26 in his career. His 20 sacks over the past three seasons surpasses the total of several other renowned DTs such as Albert Haynesworth (17½), Kevin Williams (17½) and Tommie Harris (15½).
Dockett is now under contract through 2015.
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