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Whisenhunt Discusses Re-Signing Dockett

Ken Whisenhunt told Xtra Sports 920 in Phoenix that “we’re going to get it done,” referring to re-signing their Pro Bowl defensive end, Darnell Dockett.  When, however, is a much different question, which hasn’t been resolved yet. 

Darnell still has two years existing on his current contract that is set to pay him $3.75 million and $4 million.  Everyone knows that Dockett followed the Anquan Boldin approach to contract negotiations, but like Boldin, has not succeeded in restructuring his current deal.  Whisenhunt went on to explain that he has “great respect for Darnell and what he does.”  Similar language regarding Whisenhunt’s feelings towards Boldin didn’t keep Anquan on the roster, though. 

The similarities between Boldin and Dockett continue.  Both are high motor, emotional players that can sometimes be a dividing force.  Everyone remembers Boldin’s flare up with then offensive coordinator Todd Haley during the latter minutes of the 2009 NFC Championship.  Dockett is a Twitterholic that regularly airs team laundry on his Twitter page, most recently regarding newly acquired free safety Kerry Rhodes.  There’s no argument, however, that both produce and are more often than not a valuable asset to their respective teams.  Hopefully, the Cardinals see the situation with Dockett as a chance to get the Boldin 2.0 situation right by hanging on to one of their home-grown Pro Bowlers; but only if the price is right.

Don’t hold your breath just yet.  With the 2010 season right around the corner, it’s hard to believe that anything is imminent; there are bigger fish to fry at this point, mainly getting the season started on the right foot.  Until GM Rod Graves makes a statement that a deal is imminent, it’s just speculation.

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