Darnell Dockett's recent mysterious tweets raised questions about whether he would report to training camp. Dockett removed any doubt Friday during a conversation with Mike Jurecki of XTRA910 radio in Phoenix.
DockettDockett met Friday with coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves to discuss the new contract he wants.
"I sat down to talk to my coach and Rod Graves and I feel good about our conversation and I think everything is going to work itself out," Dockett told XTRA910. "I want to just focus on football and getting our team back to the winning chemistry. We have lost a lot of good guys and for me not to be in that huddle, it ain't about the money at that point. It's about pride. It's about what I mean to my team. I feel if I'm not there, we are taking a step back. I'm just ready to play football. I trust those guys to do a great job and handle the situation and I want to be accountable to my teammates."
This is great news for the Cardinals and their fans. Dockett deserves a long-term contract extension sooner rather than later. Staying away from training camp to protest his situation would have created a distraction while depriving the Cardinals of a Pro Bowl player and emerging leader.
Whisenhunt's credibility appears to be going a long way with Dockett. I think Cardinals fans can trust Arizona's leadership to do right by Dockett. Expect the sides to work toward a long-term agreement.