Two weeks ago Darnell Dockett defied the orders of the coaching staff when the Arizona Cardinals wanted to let the New York Jets score for one more chance to get the ball back and potentially extend the game.
It led to an on-field incident with teammate Kerry Rhodes and then a $200,000 fine from the club for conduct detrimental to the team.
Now, Dockett wonders what his future is with the club. He signed a contract extension in 2010 and is easily one of the better players on the roster. He discussed it on XTRA 910 in Phoenix with Bickley and MJ.
“I have no idea,” Dockett said, according to sportsradiointerviews.com. “First of all I’m very thankful that the Arizona Cardinals have given me opportunities. From drafting me and to show my talent, I’m very thankful to the organization. If I’m not wanted somewhere then I will be happy somewhere else or however that situation may go down. To all the Cardinals fans, this was not my idea of me being traded or people thinking I might be traded and I came up with this or I said this. I never said that but at the end of the day I’m never going to be anywhere I’m not wanted or I’m not going to be somewhere where I’m treated unfairly.
“I want to be happy. I play with passion, I give everything I have on the field, I love what I do, I play injured a lot of times and I play through it, I don’t just sit out of games and watch my team go out there and play. Anything I can do to help this football team win I have done it and my record speaks for itself. At the end of the day if it comes down to that then I will take my talents somewhere else.”
The Cardinals also benched Dockett to start the Seattle game last week, the one Arizona lost 58-0.
“It was miserable,” Dockett said. “To get fined and then to go and get benched. Going against a team like Seattle it definitely affected me because during the game I never got warmed up like I was supposed to and it was just one of those things. I kept trying to find motivation for myself. Telling myself, ‘OK, I guess I’m going to have to be like James Harden and really giving my team a spark off the bench.’ I just felt like my mind was not in the game and it was definitely tough for me. If that was the situation was and that was my punishment then I disagree with it but it’s over with, it’s behind me and I’m looking forward to finishing out the season strong. Then go out and end the season right.”
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