Biggs: Dockett thinking super-sized contract
Darnell Dockett wants to get paid, and he’s gunning for top dollar. Think an Albert Haynesworth-sized deal.
The Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle told Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic that if he doesn’t get it from the club, he’ll sign with an NFC West rival and make the Cardinals pay. Over and over again, twice a season.
“If I have to go and sign with another team, I'm going to go to another team in this division,” Dockett told Bickley. “I promise you that.
“Honestly, I don't think they'll pay me. It's one thing to say there's a light at the end of the tunnel, but how many guys have been here who never reach that light? Look at Antonio Smith, Calvin Pace, Thomas Jones, Simeon Rice. Look at Anquan (Boldin). Do you think going into his last season that he'll be interested in signing a contract at that time? You think I'll be anxious to sign a contract at that time?
“People say, 'Well, look what they did with (Larry) Fitzgerald.' Did you see the situation Fitzgerald had them in?" Did you see what Kurt (Warner) had to go through? Kurt had to go to another team. Imagine that. An MVP quarterback took them to the Super Bowl for the first time in God knows how long, and he had to go to another team to get an offer to come back.
“Look at Karlos (Dansby). They can't work out a deal with Karlos, because Karlos wants what he thinks he deserves, and the numbers don't lie. You know the saying: Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don't.”
Dockett’s biggest problem is that he put his name on a five-year extension in 2006, one that paid him $22 million with just $7 million in bonuses. When a player signs a bad contract, he’s got some culpability in being underpaid too.
Earlier this year, Dockett requested a trade. He’s signed through 2011, though, and the Cardinals surely are not motivated to deal him away. Look at how they handled the Anquan Boldin situation. More players are going to shorter contracts and Dockett is a perfect example of why sometimes it’s better to wait, or look for a shorter deal.
Do you really think Dockett, in his pursuit of top dollar, will limit himself to St. Louis, San Francisco and Seattle as possible destinations, you know, when he finally reaches free agency? I don’t.
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