Monday Morning QB: Show Him the Money

Darnell Dockett (Christian Petersen/Getty)

As always, the Arizona Cardinals will have a lot to figure out in a couple months when it comes to wheeling and dealing contracts with existing players. DE Darnell Dockett should certainly be a top priority. His performance against the Tennessee Titans stated his case once again.

Darnell Dockett assured Cardinals Nation last offseason that his issues with his contract would not interfere with the Cardinals mission of winning football games. He's been true to his word. Or in this case, his Tweet.

In Sunday's last-second loss to the Tennessee Titans, Dockett recorded three sacks on the incredibly mobile QB Vince Young, which is the most any player has sacked Young since 2007.

The sixth-year defensive end is working at a rate of $3.5 million in 2009. His contract is good through 2011. Dockett now sits with a team-leading seven sacks through 11 games. He also adds 40 tackles to the Cardinals total.

Darnell Dockett
(Getty)

Dockett contributions are also accounted for outside the box score. Besides being a major force in the Cardinals run defense, he comes to work focused and understands his role on Sundays. Dockett has also found his niche in the Cardinals 3-4 defensive scheme. His ability to change with the team speaks volumes of his talent, as does his durability.

Dockett, who started his career in Arizona in 2004, has never missed a game in his entire career. This season, he played through a sore ankle and had to miss a practice but was ready on game day.

He has also earned props from those in the know.

The Arizona Republic reported that Texans coach Gary Kubiak called Dockett the best player he's seen on film this year.

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson also joined in Dockett's praise.

"They're a defense that I really respect," Jackson said. "(DT) Darnell Docket makes a lot of noise. I don't think he gets the credit that he should. He's definitely a playmaker and someone we need to account..."

The attention from around the league is good for Dockett's pocketbook. But the Cardinals will see Dockett depart with a big-ticket contract like Antonio Smith or Calvin Pace, if they don't shell out some more cash for this defensive juggernaut.


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