Cardinals cut three-time Pro Bowler Darnell Dockett, but hope to re-sign him
FEB 27, 4:22p ET | FOX Sports
Rotowire: Feb 27 / 1:21p ET
News: Dockett was released by the Cardinals on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: Dockett already acknowledged the possibility of a split, but it's still possible the two sides will work things out as the veteran defensive tackle prepares for his age-34 season. Never one to be shy about his opinions, Dockett seems to have a good relationship with the Arizona fanbase and organization. Now more than six months removed from tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee, Dockett should be healthy in time for the start of the 2015 season. He had 46 tackles (36 solo) and 4.5 sacks over 16 games in 2013, and he's long been more valuable than his statistics alone suggest.
StatsLLC: Feb 27 / 12:00a ET
News: The Arizona Cardinals released Dockett on Friday, allowing the three-time Pro Bowl lineman to test the free agency market.
Impact: The move gives the 33-year-old Dockett the chance to find out his fair market value before the free agency signing period begins March 10. He could well wind up re-signing with Arizona, the only team he's known in his 11 NFL seasons. Dockett missed all of last season after tearing his right MCL in training camp. Before the injury, he had missed only two games during his NFL career.
Rotowire: Jan 7 / 4:36p ET
News: Dockett has so far lost 15-20 pounds during his rehab from a torn ACL in his right knee, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Dockett relayed Wednesday that the weight loss is intended to improve his quickness and return to the field sooner than expected. As he enters the final season of a four-year extension signed in 2010, he acknowledged that he may have played his last snap as a Cardinal due to a cap hit of nearly $10 million for the upcoming campaign. If he remains in the Arizona desert, though, he'll team with Calais Campbell to form a stout defensive front.