Darnell Dockett DL ARI 3 Days

Dockett was released by the Cardinals on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Dockett already acknowledged the possibility of a split, but it's still possible the two sides will work things out as the veteran defensive tackle prepares for his age-34 season. Never one to be shy about his opinions, Dockett seems to have a good relationship with the Arizona fanbase and organization. Now more than six months removed from tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee, Dockett should be healthy in time for the start of the 2015 season. He had 46 tackles (36 solo) and 4.5 sacks over 16 games in 2013, and he's long been more valuable than his statistics alone suggest.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI 2 Months

Dockett has so far lost 15-20 pounds during his rehab from a torn ACL in his right knee, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Dockett relayed Wednesday that the weight loss is intended to improve his quickness and return to the field sooner than expected. As he enters the final season of a four-year extension signed in 2010, he acknowledged that he may have played his last snap as a Cardinal due to a cap hit of nearly $10 million for the upcoming campaign. If he remains in the Arizona desert, though, he'll team with Calais Campbell to form a stout defensive front.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI 7 Months

Dockett will miss the entire 2014 season due to a torn ACL.

Dockett sustained the injury during Monday's practice, and an MRI from later in the day confirmed the Cardinals' worst fears. He'll require season-ending surgery, leaving a starting job up for grabs for players such as Frostee Rucker or Kareem Martin. The Cards' run defense now risks becoming less effective, which is something fantasy players may want to take note of when looking at early-season matchups.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI 7 Months

Dockett is believed to have torn his ACL and MCL, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

If the report is true, Dockett will likely undergo surgery and miss the entire 2014 season. It would be a major blow for a stout Cardinal defense, who would look to replace him with the likes of Frostee Rucker or Kareem Martin.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI 7 Months

Dockett sustained a right knee injury during Monday's practice, spurring an MRI, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Dockett required the use of a cart to leave the field, but the severity of the ailment likely won't be known until the aforementioned MRI is performed. If he misses any time, rookie Kareem Martin and holdover Frostee Rucker will further factor into the mix at defensive end.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI Oct 24 '79

The Cardinals may approach LE Darnell Dockett about a pay cut this offseason.

Dockett is owed $5.75 million in salary and bonuses after struggling as a pass rusher in 2013, recording 4.5 sacks. He turns 33 in May. The Cards do not have a viable in-house replacement, so GM Steve Keim will have to tread lightly with Dockett, who remains a critical piece of Arizona's stout run defense.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI Feb 16 '79

Darnell Dockett admitted that he "hated" the 3-4 scheme former DC Ray Horton ran last season.

Dockett was asked to keep offensive linemen off the linebackers, not make plays himself. He ended up with just 1.5 sacks and 34 tackles in 15 games -- his worst numbers since 2005. New defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will run a hybrid scheme that features Dockett in his natural role -- an interior pass-rusher that disrupts plays in the backfield. "It's like a million pounds off your shoulders," Dockett said. Expect a bounce-back season.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI Nov 07 '78

Darnell Dockett said he would have asked for a trade had Ken Whisenhunt returned as the Cardinals' head coach.

It's not a secret that Dockett was unhappy with his role in since departed DC Ray Horton's defense, and his numbers showed that, as he mostly disappeared in games last year. Now, with Bruce Arians in the fold as head coach, Dockett is determined to get back to his 2007-10 form. He is expected to move back to the middle of the defense, and Dockett's sack numbers should see an uptick.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI Nov 04 '78

New coach Bruce Arians told Darnell Dockett that he will be more of a full-time interior pass rusher in the Cardinals' 2013 defense.

Dockett was wishy-washy when asked by reporters after the season if he wanted to return to Arizona. He sounds genuinely amped now. "He told me I was going to play some of my regular positions, positions I played when I was a dominant force in the middle," Dockett said. "And that got me fired up." Playing less of a two-gapping end spot moving forward, Dockett's sack numbers should rise.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI Oct 11 '78

Darnell Dockett gave a vague response when asked if he wanted to return to the Cardinals in 2013.

Dockett hinted that he feels unwanted and that the organization needs to be more committed to winning, but also says he's content in Arizona. He was one of several veterans to butt heads with coach Ken Whisenhunt this season. "At the end of the day my loyalty is with the Cardinals," Dockett said. "I have given this organization everything I've got. I love playing here. I love some of the talent we've got."