Longtime Cardinal DL Darnell Dockett to Retire Monday

Darnell Dockett hasn't played in the NFL since 2013 as a result of knee issues and will return to the Cardinals to retire.

Defensive lineman Darnell Dockett is expected to sign a one-day contract on Monday and retire as a member of the Arizona Cardinals. Dockett has not played since the 2013 season with Arizona. He suffered a season-ending knee injury before playing a single game in 2014. Following that season he was released by the Cardinals and signed with the 49ers, though he did not make the regular season roster.

Dockett first broke the news of his pending retirement last Thursday with a tweet and he will hold a press conference with Bruce Arians and Michael Bidwell, president of the Cardinals, on Monday afternoon to make it official.


Dockett was the 64th overall draft pick of the 2004 NFL Draft. He made the three Pro Bowls and recorded 40.5 sacks in 10 years. He also tied an NFL record by recording three sacks in Super Bowl XLIII against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his playoff career (six games) he recorded four sacks, all while playing on the inside as a defensive tackle. He set his career high in sacks in 2007, his first Pro Bowl season, with nine and made his two more Pro Bowls in 2009 and 2010. Dockett started 156 out of the 158 games he played in in his career and recorded 349 tackles.

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