The Arizona Cardinals announced on Wednesday that they have signed the two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle to a four-year extension worth up to $48 million, with $30 million guaranteed. His current contract is now extended to 2015.
“The thing that has really made it so apparent that we wanted to get this deal done was his growth as a player and as a person,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. Dockett has developed his game to become one of the best at his position, and he finally has the contract to back it up.
Since the 2007 season where he recorded nine sacks in sixteen starts, Dockett has had continuous success at his position. With his performance came the desire for a contract that reflected his play, showing this by sitting out of the 2009 training camp. Now with his contract in place Dockett can leave it all behind and work to get the Cardinals back into the playoffs.
Dockett decided to leave all the contract issues to his agent this preseason. Today in the press conference he said, “Once I put my helmet on and shoulder pads, I can honestly tell you I really didn’t think about contract. I just focused on football and believed they could get it done.”
With the final preseason game tonight at 7pm against the Washington Redskins, all of Dockett’s focus can continue to stay with football. No more negations, media rants about what he deserves or holding out on training camps – Dockett got what he wanted and now can only do one thing, help his team play the best defense possible for them to succeed.