Darren Urban of the Cards’ official website reported that Pro Bowler Darnell Dockett has finally reported to the Cardinals’ facility. Dockett participated in strength and condition coach John Lott’s last workout before Minicamp starts.
Dockett stated that he plans to stick around for the remainder of the Cardinals’ activities whether they are voluntary or mandatory, but Urban is skeptical. It’s no secret that Dockett has been less than enthused about his contract situation, which has kept him distant from the Cardinals during the past few offseasons.
The team co-sack leader from 2009 also opined on the recent roster moves. He stated:
We lost a lot of people who had been through big experiences with us, that started from the bottom up. A lot of people you can’t replace in terms of leadership ability and toughness, like Anquan… As far as the other guys they got into dream situations as free agents. Karlos, we were together since we came in. That’s tough. But the show has got to move on. We can base our success on a few guys. The guys [filling in] know the level those guys played at. They know there are big shoes to fill.”
Dockett also commented on whether he feels he’ll need to assume a larger role in terms of leadership:
I think I’ll have to be more vocal and push myself to the next level. But I don’t think I have to create the will. I think we have guys who know what it takes to win. Maybe I need to be more vocal, but I can led by the way I play. That alone speaks louder than words. We have Adrian, Fitz, we just have to continue to do what we have been doing. We’ll have a good team. A lot of people are counting us out early and that’s OK. I think when we fight adversity it makes it better while we fly under the radar.”
Dockett’s is signed through the 2011 season, but unless the Cardinals address the issue with sincerity it will become a major storyline and headache. Dockett, like Dansby, will likely go to whichever team offers him the most money with little or no hometown discount going to the Cardinals. The closer Dockett gets to free agency the stronger his determination will likely be to hit the open market. If the Cards have any hope of not spending huge dollars on him they will most likely have to sign him before the 2011 offseason.