A decade of Dockett

Posted by Darren Urban on March 5, 2015 – 9:15 am

I guess March 5th is a day that will live in Cardinals’ infamy, huh? At least when it comes to two of the bigger names on the Super Bowl team. It was on March 5 that Anquan Boldin was traded to the Ravens in 2010. And it was on March 5 — today — that Darnell Dockett chose to sign with the 49ers (and coincidentally, current 49ers Boldin) and not return to the Cards.

The emotions are pouring out as I write this, my Twitter feed blowing up with fans angry at the team for letting Dockett get away (not as many) or at Dockett for signing with an NFC West rival (the vast majority). They are mad he seemed to make a decision based on money after chiding Karlos Dansby for doing the same last offseason.

(Later Thursday, Dockett said the two situations between he and Dansby were “night and day.”)

I’ll say this on the latter — Darnell said many, many things in his decade-plus with the Cards. Heck, he tweeted in 2010 (from his old Twitter account) that he’d play for less money to go to the Seahawks than play for the 49ers should the Cardinals let him go. Obviously, things have changed. From my perspective, you cannot blame Dockett. He wanted the most money with his career coming to an end and him turning 34 in May. That’s the direction he decided to go. Perhaps getting cut stung Dockett enough, but in the end, this just feels like it was about cold, hard cash, and when you are still young in life terms, it’s hard to blame a guy for that. It’s why the Dansby criticism didn’t make much sense — I remember at the time thinking it could come back to haunt Dockett this offseason, because of exactly this. Jim Trotter of ESPN, who texted with Dockett, also said it was about “disrespect” of the Cards’ contract offer. Knowing how Dockett reacts to many things, that kind of blowback isn’t surprising either.

But we can parse this forever. Bottom line, Dockett is not coming back to the Cardinals. The Cardinals knew this could happen. Multiple reports say Dockett gave the Cards a chance to match the offer, but it doesn’t surprise me the Cards didn’t. They had the number at which they valued Dockett for 2015 given his age and knee injury.

None of this, however, should impact how Dockett’s career in Arizona is viewed. By any measure Dockett was an excellent draft pick and when you point out he was a third-round pick, it makes it an even better selection. So many guys talk about making teams regret passing them in the draft when they go in later rounds. Dockett said that, and he backed it up.

He was an emotional tornado. Sure, that got him into hot water at times on the field, and when mixed with social media and Twitter, it caused a headache or two within the Cardinals’ facility. In his heyday, he could be dominant. His performance in the Super Bowl was MVP-worthy, getting after Ben Roethlisberger as few have. There was little measured about him in the heat of battle, but he was the passion bellwether for the defense. And he was always there. He missed just two games before last season and, more impressively, just 13 practices in 10 years. Dockett was always there, an anchor.

But this is what happens with older players in this league. The happy ending is the outlier, like what the Cards are trying to have with Larry Fitzgerald. In this case, Dockett gets his money, and gets his chance to play the Cardinals twice a season. That’ll be interesting, right?


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67 Responses to “A decade of Dockett”

  1. By b on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Enjoy your new team and your fellow team mate (Boldin)…no love loss here! If you were a dedicated Cardinal you would have taken the cut…money doesn’t mean everything. Players like Larry can do it over and over..those are dedicated players to the team. Adios Dockett don’t let the door hit ya!!

  2. By Whitey on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    I think it’s incredible that he was able to stay healthy and play at a high level for a decade. As Keim says availability is just as important as ability – just ask Jonathan Cooper, Ryan Williams or Beanie Wells how hard it is to stay healthy in the NFL.

    He was an intense competitor and learned to be a great emotional leader for this team. He’ll be missed, but I think the team made the right decision and he made the right decision for himself. I don’t fault either and wish him well except when he plays the Cards.

  3. By Red C Rider on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Bad Move Nine-O, but I understand. You will be missed, but as much as you can move on without the Red C, the Red C can move on without you. I wish you luck but can’t wish you any team victories. #BIRDGANGFORLIFE.

  4. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    DD’s reported new SF deal for about same money in AZ (incentives included) but he was unwilling to take performance, health risk and took SF guarantee … that’s a tell. With SF in transition and some turmoil, clearly AZ has better SB shot rhrn, so DD may think he might not be right physically. Maybe DD feels SF grass is greener for SB run, $$ aside, if so, good to have him go. Either way, in the end, maybe its best as much as I would have preferred to see him stay.

  5. By Roland on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    As a nineteen year season ticket holder i can understand why 90 is pissed off at the Cards,but as a i bleed red Cards fan i am pissed off 90 is a 9er. Bring it on and crush the 9ers. Go Cards

  6. By LadyBird04 on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    First – wish Dockett the best and hope he will be happy. I don’t think he will really be happy there – I think he let his hurt feelings rule his head.

    Wait until he sees his paycheck after California takes their big cut of it. Also, housing costs in the Bay Area are WAY higher than in the Phoenix area. Don’t know if he’ll actually see more money up there.

    Will miss seeing him in Cardinal Red and laughing at his antics. Wonder if he’ll bring the gator with him. Ha! Ha!

  7. By Andy Kw on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    I think Ed Stinson is ready. If we can sign Vince Wilfork and bring back Tommy Kelly, we will be more than ready.

  8. By Eric G on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    You had 28 teams outside the NFC West Dockett, why the whiners? Ugh. Thanks for your years of service to the organization. Check whether those wild animals are legal in SF.

  9. By Rich on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    What a big mouth, no integrity having chump! After all the trash he talked about Dansby last year (Chasing the money instead of a ring)… then he does the same but WORSE! At least Dansby didn’t sign with a division rival. No team loyalty whatsoever! Why should a superstar like Fitz restructure his contract for the good of the team and not Dockett? Fitz isn’t the one coming off an entire missed season from a major injury.

  10. By Darren Urban on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Rich —

    RE: Fitz/Dockett

    Let’s make this clear: If the Cardinals had offered Dockett $22M guaranteed like they did Fitz, he would have been back here in a second. If they had offered him $4M guaranteed he’d have been back.

    Apples and oranges, and Dockett did what was best for him, as did Fitz.

  11. By Lg on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Was mad at KD for going to the browns. He said KD choose money over loyalty but guess what you did the same dam thing. But good luck to you hope it works out for you it’s BIRDGANG FOR LIFE AND WE THE BEST B***H

  12. By Rich on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    I bleed Cardinal Red, so I “hate” every other team. 🙂
    That being said, I wouldn’t be so offended had Dockett not trash talked Dansby for this last year. What a hypocrite!

  13. By Scott H on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Hey, I love me some Darnell Dockett for all he has done for the Cardinals as an all-out warrior for the last 10 years. That does not change.

    And I understand a player at the point in their career where DD is in now in his wanting to do the best thing for themselves, financially, when they are near the end of that career. Could be his last contract. And if it is, you can’t be-grudge him wanting to get the best deal he can.

    And THAT is exactly the reason why he should have kept his mouth shut about Dansby when HE left last off-season. DD just looks like a TOTAL hypocrite – and a bit of an idiot – now that he is doing the very same thing barely one year later. Whatever. As Darren points out, this has been Double D his whole career – saying what he feels, whether he should or not.

    I am not really gonna fault the Cardinals here. They made the offer they thought he was worth and they stuck to it. I’ll go with them on their judgement here. But now THEY have to back it up by making sure the void left by Dockett is adequately filled. The scrutiny will be on-going here, based on what the Cardinals do to replace him in their defense AND what DD is able to do for the 49ers. And it ain’t gonna play well with Cardinals fans if DD returns to be a force for an NFC West foe for few years, maybe even having some real nice games against us.

    But getting back to DD…..I think if he had any real integrity, he would make some kind of statement recognizing that his words about Dansby one year ago were judgemental, they were wrong, and he should apologize for them. You don’t get to blast someone for doing what they do and then do the same thing yourself without getting called on it. He could at least show some accountability for that.

    If he hasn’t already, I almost wish Karlos Dansby would blast him right back. He has every right and THAT would serve notice to DD that we remember what he said and that he DOES need to be accountable.

  14. By Steve . on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    This was the right move by Keim and the Cardinals. Dockett though a leader is not the same player he once was and is not getting any younger. Some of you “nostalgic fans” who keep clamoring for the Cards to hold onto all their aging stars seem to forget that the good teams who win cut their losses and move on quickly. This is the cold hard reality of being a successful football team in that you constantly have to refurbish your squad. I am grateful for Docketts career here and wish him the best(except when the 49ers play us).

  15. By Dynosoar on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    So he’s going from being nine-O to being nine-er. (I know I can’t be the first to see this)

    Will miss having him on our side and am looking forward to who Keim has in mind to replace him with. We know Steve has a plan or the offer would’ve been matched.

    And the offseason has begun. Enjoy my friends, enjoy.

  16. By Manny on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    The sense of betrayal these players must feel is unbelievable. For him to go to the team he always hated so vocally. What a HUGE mistake letting Bowles go. This team is falling apart because of it. Stupid stupid stupid. It all started with the stupidity of giving Peterson that huge contract. They could have spread that money out like in this case. I predict a 7-9 season ahead.

  17. By Darren Urban on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Manny —

    RE: “Letting Bowles go”

    Letting him go? You do know he was offered a head coaching job and the Cardinals could not prevent him from taking it, right?

  18. By Sackman on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    So “SAD” to see him go. No hard feelings, we are all just numbers. Remember everyone is replaceable.

    Lets talk about the free agent Running Back’s that are out there. Adrian Peterson’s dad said Arizona Cardinals is one of his preferred teams he would consider to go to. Just think Palmer, Fitz, and AP have at least 2 more good years left in them, what a ride that would be!

    Darren-Would it be wise for us to try to get him? Or would it cost us too much?

  19. By Darren Urban on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Sackman —

    RE: Peterson

  20. By Roland on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Darren its not apples and oranges Fitz is younger and is not coming back from a major knee surgery . I would like to think a player like 90 would have more respect for the fans . he knows how much we hate the 9ers and he said he hated them also? ( cheep 90 jersey for sale on ebay) Go Cards

  21. By Steve P on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    All I have to say is let’s hope he gets injured before he plays us. He will unleash a fury of hell on us if he doesn’t and you can count on that.

  22. By krehbieo14 on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    The Cardinals are committed to moving forward without Dockett. They will continue to try and open up as much cap space as possible. Dockett was a hard worker and good player for years. I wish him all the best and his situation is not comparable to Danby’s at all. The Cards have plans in FA moving forward and I’m excited to see them!

  23. By Manny on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    All they had to do was offer him more money then the Jets so yes let him go. The Jets suck and will continue to suck. You aren’t going to tell me he would rather be the head coach of a suck team over the defensive coordinator of a great team if money is no issue.

  24. By Darren Urban on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Manny —

    RE: Bowles

    You are going to pay your defensive coordinator $5 million a season?

  25. By Warbird on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    I say we sign Iupati. You know Dockett is going to bring it against us, might as well sign the guy who owns him.

  26. By BFarrell on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Darren, don’t even waste your time responding to someone who is displays ZERO knowledge. AP or bust!

  27. By Brad oneill on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Good luck 9-oh. You will always be birdgang and say hello to that angry man boldin for me, i love what you did for this team and no matter who you play for you will always get a standing ovation from me when you come to the stadium you helped build.

  28. By Jacob Hewitt on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    iIwas right yall are wrong i was right about Docket
    IN yalls face

  29. By rod (Eddie Goldman RD1) on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    I’m glad Keim didn’t budge, or budge much because I imagine Dockey came back with a number.

    Thanks for the years…keep your new locker clean and tidy for us come SB this year baby!

  30. By grabling on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    He was paid for a full year without playing a single game. Lack of loyalty to a great institution.

  31. By vegas4u2012. on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    The ultimate Hypocrite…he will fit in just fine w/the Whiners!!..More $$ freed up for us to bring in younger talent that’s not a headcase…GO CARDS!!!

  32. By georgiebird on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    DD got a nice deal from SF. Can’t blame him.
    That said, DD doesn’t fit the 3-4 defense that AZ and SF have.
    SF is looking for an edge. The edge will be gone when AZ picks up a SF cut.
    I love the way the Cardinals handled the DD situation.
    p.s.- If DD had gone to a 4-3 team like the Cowboys or Rams, he would have had a better shot to succeed.

  33. By D on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    C. Campbell’s defense now….time to step up as a Leader!. I have confidence in S. Keim…this free agency starting Saturday should be fun to watch..

  34. By Bruce on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Well, there goes your ring buddy! Definetly had a better shot with us, but maybe you would have had to pawn it if you didn’t do this. Gonna miss you Dock, but you are now our enemy. We can have a mutual respect, but believe, you will be getting whooped twice a year by your former team now. Put his foot in his mouth with the whole Dansby

  35. By Andy Kw on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Any specifics on Carson Palmer’s restructured contract? What would the current cap be like now?
    How come the restructure didn’t hit the news sooner if it happened a month ago?

  36. By Darren Urban on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: Contract restructure

    Palmer did announce he restructured, but no specifics. And unless someone announces it, no way to really know, although Mike Jurecki had reported it could happen:

  37. By Smack28 on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    DD this is for you… You were one heck of a player most of the time. I’d even say my favorite defensive player during some sub-par seasons. You stuck it out and gave it your all with an organization that grew leaps and bounds during your career here, and you definitely helped this team become competitive. The funny thing is, you decided a few extra dollars was more important than a possible induction to the “Ring of Honor”. Hell, you may have even wrote off a possible 2016 Super Bowl!!! Wow, you came into this with nothing and ended up making money more important than your team, life-long fans, and city that supported you even with your bone-headed penalties on crucial plays that cost the team possible wins. Thank you for the memories. Now, I will delete you from my Twitter because you have nothing good or relevant to say these days any way! Good luck with your new dysfunctional team. You’ll fit right in.

  38. By Richard S on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Niner’s I think offered like $7 mil for 2 yrs. and Cards offered $4 mil for one. Oh well, I still like Dockett. He’ll always be my hero.

  39. By joe67 on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Lady Bird, TWO VERY GOOD POINTS many people (fans and players) don’t think about. The difference in state taxes and property value (prices) can eat up a huge piece of any raise in pay you may get.
    Another reason players from the northeast and even Chicago and yes S.F. should look hard at a market like the Phoenix area. They can live SOO much better.

  40. By Steve Weston on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Good article, D. I had some major mixed feelings about seeing Dockett go, but your words cleared things up a bit for me. I do fault him for going after Dansby like he did, and then quite obviously followed that same promise of more money to turn his back on his teammates. But bottom line, the game of football is a business. Dockett wanted more than the Cards were willing to pay, given his age and that injury that sidelined him for a year. I really can’t say anything negative about either side for that aspect of all this all played out.

    Good luck Dockett, I do hope you have some gas left in your tank to perform this year. Just… not against the Cards. I hope your tank runs dry on those particular gamedays. 🙂

  41. By Scott H on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Manny –

    Damn, man, tune into the real world! First, the Cardinals gave Bowles a pretty good raise during the season as a way of letting him know how much he meant to them AND to make it a more difficult decision to leave and take a HC job after the season. That is pretty much the extent of what the team COULD do to try to keep Bowles here.

    Just as in every other profession, assistant coaches and coordinators in the NFL want to move up. They want to be head coaches. There are only 32 of these jobs on the planet. And when you get a chance to take one, you take it. Never mind the Cardinals end of this for a minute and let’s consider what BOWLES wanted. And if Todd Bowles wanted to be a head coach, he was going to be one. Period.

    And, NO, NFL teams cannot stop their coordinators from taking head coach jobs. The Cardinals could say no to him going somewhere else to take the SAME position. They could NOT stop him from taking a HC job.

    C’mon, man. There is NO DOUBT the Cardinals wanted Bowles to stay. But they knew he was going to get offers from other teams and there is nothing they can do to stop that, End of story. You don’t have to like that it happened. But to criticize the Cardinals for being at fault for letting him leave is ridiculous.

  42. By Jon on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Here is the big difference for fans crying about Dockett leaving while citing Dansby –

    1. Dansby was a free agent and the Cards did not want to pay him and the Cards were definitely worst at defense without him.

    2. Dockett was not a free agent. He had a big contract already in place with a he Cards who chose not to honor it. Instead, the Cards tore it Dockett’s existing contract and threatened him with being cut if he did not take a huge pay cut.

    Dockett refused to take a huge paycut and the Cards cut him. Even after Dockett got a bigger offer, he gave the Carss a chance to match it, but the Cards refused.

    If you want to hate and grumble about anyone, direct it towards the Carss, since they are the ones who tore up an existing contract and cut Dockett who did not want to leave.

    Unfortunatele, this post will most likely be deleted since it points out that the Cards were the ones to instigate cutting Dockett. I am afraid free speech does not apply here.

  43. By Peterincanada on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    I will always have happy memories of Dockett because of the Super Bowl. He was an absolute beast that day in what was undoubtedly the high point of his career. I wish him well but Georgiebird is spot on. Advancing years and a 3-4 defence at SF will nelikely negate his effectiveness.

  44. By Coach K on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    I agree with Warbird.. Let’s sign Iupati.

    Kiper has us taking a running back in round one. No way!

    I believe there will be several trades on top this draft. Philly is definitely making a move for Mariotta. The receivers are getting hot and this will push the pass rushers down to us.

    Give me Bud Dupree in round one. We can get a good back like Cobb in round three, maybe a good one in round six who is a good inside runner. No way in round one. Get the pass rusher, then get the inside backer or cornerback in round two.

  45. By William Barry on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Dockett disses Dansby going to Cleveland….then does the same thing, but what is even worse, he goes to division rival. I just love how Ed Stinson played, and if we can get a great DL in the draft, we will be all set. Good luck Dockett, but the other side of the fence isn’t always greener.

  46. By Cactus jeff on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    I think this was a locker room decision. BA is the man not DD. DD is No longer talented enough for BA to tolerate the wrong kind of attitude/distraction. He still could be good but not that good.

  47. By Dr. G. on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Jon – – It needs to be clarified that the Cardinals acted in good faith by their actions. You state that the Cardinals “DID NOT HONOR” Dockett’s contract. Not so….. Too many fans just don’t get it.

    Well, a contract is a document approved by both parties. Part of the language is that the team may, at its option, cancel any remaining payments that are not “guaranteed” barring contrary terms. Dockett knew these terms. You also know that the League Office may intervene in certain circumstances, as we have seen with DWash…etc…

    Any player agrees to these terms, so after making mega bucks, the business side must do what is best for the team. Dockett refused the offer; that is his choice.

    One of my jerseys has a #90 on it. I hate to see him sign with the 9ers, but now I will don another jersey on game day. Some parts of the business are unpleasant, but on game day, you gotta love the action….be well…

  48. By Scott H on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Jon –

    Dude….you heard about this thing called the salary cap? Well, ya might want to take a minute or two to get a clue about it. Because it tends to be a a factor in situations like Dockett’s as well as the MANY other veteran players that are being released by MANY other teams these days.

    Yeah, it would be real easy to just keep all your players every year and just pay them whatever their contracts say they are due to get. Thing is, the salary cap – a concept that somehow has eluded you – DOES NOT ALLOW TEAMS TO DO THAT!

    And BTW, while you are raking the Cardinals organization over the coals for letting Dockett go, did you bother giving them any credit for KEEPING Larry Fitzgerald here???

    Yeah, they really are just s bunch of non-caring cheapskates, aren’t they?

    And, what are you gonna say if it becomes apparent during training camp or the pre-season or early in the regular season if / when it becomes apparent that Double D just doesn’t really have it anymore? You gonna give the Cardinals the credit they will deserve then? Or, will you be too busy becoming a 49ers fan?

    Dockett had a just as much of a role in his departure as the Cardinals did. Fitz was facing the same situation Dockett was. He realized the reality of how teams are limited by the salary cap ( damn….there it is again! ) and he stayed here when HE might have been able to get a better deal from another team, too. THAT’s loyalty. Fitz has it. Turns out, DD did not and he took the Karlos Dansby route outta town.

  49. By krehbieo14 on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    On a side note:

    Darren, Just wondering if the Cards FO is making nice with the Niners in anticipation of pursuing a trade for ILB M. Wilhoite?

  50. By Darren Urban on Mar 6, 2015 | Reply

    Krehbieo –

    RE: trade

    I’d really be surprised if they traded. If he is cut, maybe they’d consider. But they won’t be trading.

  51. By Aaron Baugh on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Reading all the posts.. I am just sad as a fan because you know how much he has meant to the team. He will always be one of my favorites not matter what.

  52. By Robbird on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    As Mr. wonderful would say, You’re dead to me DD!

  53. By Andy Kw on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    The 49ers are willing to trade ILB Michael Wilhoite for a 7th RD draft pick? We got ourselves a deal. He is a solid run stuffer and pretty decent as a coverage guy. His pass rush questionable but he is an upgrade over Kevin Minter, Glenn Carson and Kenny Demens. His experience as a starter is valuable

  54. By Jaystorm on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    Football is not a contact sport. It’s a collision sport. Many of these guys wreck their bodies, their brains, and deserve every penny they get paid in the process. Many don’t have long careers and retire swimming in a stack of cash. The average football career is less than 5 years. For every Carson Palmer or John Abraham, you have a hundred guys who destroy their bodies in the first 2-3 years and have nothing more than shattered dreams, a broken career, and only league minimum to show for it. A working stiff like me, 40k combined income household with 2 kids. I still empathize cause I don’t have to ruin my body to make ends meet.

    That being said, screw Darnell Dockett. There are 32 teams to choose from. Cardinals don’t want to pay you what you think you’re worth. That’s fine, move on. But moving to a division rival as hated by us as the niners are, is a huge spit in the face to the fan base that has helped afford his salary for his long career here. His jersey is in my garbage. Right next to his hypocritical integrity.

  55. By TED on Mar 5, 2015 | Reply

    before getting hurt late in the season and even Dockett had said on a couple of occasions Stinson reminded Dockett of him in his younger days if what Dockett said is true no big loss

  56. By D on Mar 6, 2015 | Reply

    I could see S. Wisnieski being signed and brought in for a year to play RG then take over Center when Lyle’s contract is up after this year…

  57. By Darren Urban on Mar 6, 2015 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Sendlein

    I think, with Sendlein’s cap number, any major FA signing could mean the end of Sendlein in Az.

  58. By Jacob Hewitt on Mar 6, 2015 | Reply

    Please tell Bruce Arians Get TODD GURLY PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

  59. By Dr. G. on Mar 6, 2015 | Reply

    AndyKw – – Where did you learn the 9ers will trade Wilhoite for a 7th round pick?

    Robbird – – DD had lots of fans…a bit harsh. Just as PP has lots of fans and detractors. That contract will bleed some toxins for a while.

    WBarry – – Yeah, going to a rival seems a bit contrived. DD’s has been paid about $52,000,000 by the Cards..!! …still his choice… I was worried about the knee…

    Jaystorm – – Indeed, DD has a tendency to make haste in his decisions. Wait till he tries to take on JVeldheer or one of our younger guys!

    Fans – – we just need to put this behind as we did Carlos…all will be good to go…

    On pins and needles just a bit for March 10 and on…a good day Cards’ Fans…

  60. By Birdwatcher on Mar 6, 2015 | Reply

    Dockett showed his true colors..argue the point all you want but actions speak much louder than words. If P. Peterson and others were so concerned about keeping him why did they not go to Keim and restructure their deals to help keep Dockett. In the end its all about the money and the Cards are making sound business decisions. There are few Warner type players who have a bit of character and integrity. Warner did walk away from alot of money if I remember correctly. All others are just talk and talk is cheap. Dock did not have to go to the Niners. That C on our next defensive captain should stand for character and not Cash! Some things money simply cannot buy.

  61. By clssylssy on Mar 8, 2015 | Reply

    What I hear from the birdgang is a lot of sour grapes and classless whining because Doc made a business decision that was what was in his best interest. This isn’t high school but a business and Dockett was effectively pushed into a corner as he still had time on his current contract, so isn’t the bad guy here.
    The 9ers gave him a better contract (longer and guaranteed), his coach left and the 9er head coach is a defensive guy, and looking at the 9er history they are a team with better odds at a SB than the Cards, having more Division and Conference championships as well as a healthy franchise QB. While the taxes in California MAY be higher, the education system is better and Arizona’s taxes are going up, so who knows how that will shake out…
    Comparing Dansby and Dockett is rediculous and anyone who has been a Cards fan very long knows the difference. Dockett gave the Cards ten long years, sticking through tough times while Dansby left twice, riding the wave of the team’s success. Dockett was still under contract but was squeezed, while Dansby was a FA both times, ending a one year contract the last time. Yes, there are gray areas in contracts but in most professions there has to be “just cause” for termination other than, “we can’t manage to live within our budgeted commitments so we need you to take less money”. I have to wonder why the NFL even bothers with contracts since they are rarely, if ever, honored, and seem to just create ill will and discord among players and fans alike. I believe we are going to see more and more players wanting more guaranteed money up front in the future because younger players are witnessing what’s happening to these veterans.
    I too have a Dockett jersey…and a Wilson, Plummer, Tillman, Boldin, six Fitzgeralds… and will continue to honor these special players for their contributions which is not diminished by them putting on a different uniform! They’ve all done it, except for Tillman and Fitz, it’s the nature of the business!

  62. By Scott H on Mar 8, 2015 | Reply

    clssylssy –

    SIX Fitzgerald jerseys??? WOW!!! I have 3 ( red, white black ) and that is all I need. He is a player you WANT to wear in every color possible! I’m assuming you might have a women’s jersey or maybe even a pro bowl jersey in there somewhere?? Maybe in pink as well?? Dudes aren’t gonna wear pink, so the ladies have more options with the jerseys!

  63. By clssylssy on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    Scott H-
    My jersey collection represents twenty years of being a Card fan. My first two Fitz jerseys (red and white) were only available in Men’s and were a little on the big side so have been replaced with the newer looking Women’s that are better fitting and the older ones “retired” to cases hung in my office. My favorite Fitz is his MVP ProBowl (dark blue and white with stars on the sleeves–red, white & blue)
    Through the years, I’ve been easy to shop for for special occasions, a Cards jersey can’t miss!

  64. By Saul J Sanchez on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    I too was upset that Dockett left , and to the 49ers no less ! I deleted all his pictures from my collection ( season ticket holder , directly and through friends accounts since Cards got here in 1988 , so I have tons of on field photos ). I even thought of shredding my Dockett jersey . But after reading all these comments , I came to realize that with his age he needs to get max dollars now because NOTHING is guaranteed in this league . I take everything back and wish him all the best and thank him for all these glorious years , I will still proudly wear his jersey on game days .

  65. By TED on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    enjoy a losing season DD

  66. By cards62 on Mar 11, 2015 | Reply

    Iupati is my favorite addition of the off season so far and I like the other pieces we are adding. I am still a big fan of Steve K.
    Losing Dockett is our worse move in my opinion. I know 10 years is a lot of time,and it was a risk to keep him, but he is not that expensive and it was reported all 3 teams in our division went after DD. That speaks volumes to me. You want a Fitz to be the face of your organization and not a weird dude like Dockett, but I liked having both in Cardinal Red and Dockett was our dude and he went to battle for us in Cardinal Red for many seasons. DD thanks for the memories and I hope you have a lot more great memories in your career, and PS big fella take it easy on Palmer as we really need him in 2015 and 2016.

    Go Cards

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