Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett is finally going to get paid.
After years of pining for a new deal, a league source tells PFT’s Mike Florio that the Cardinals and Dockett have agreed to a four-year contract extension. The deal will take him through 2015.
Dockett is known well for his personality and his Twitter account, but he’s also quietly developed into one of the most disruptive pass rushers in football the last few years. He’s listed as a defensive tackle for Pro Bowl purposes, but usually lines up as an end in Arizona’s unique 3-4 defense. He’s just hitting his prime and has overcome an amazing amount to get to where he is.
The team called a press conference, which will be streamed live online. It will provide a welcome dose of positive news during a drama-filled week for the organization.
UPDATE: Here’s video of the press conference.
UPDATE II: PFT has confirmed Dockett received $30 million guaranteed for injury and $28 million for skill and injury. The total deal can be up to $48.5 million over four years. New money is $35.3 million over four years and with the escalators could be $40.3 million in new money.
He’ll make $4.55 million in 2010. In 2011, there is a $15 million option bonus, a $2.35 million salary, $250,000 workout bonus, and $500,000 in escalators. The rest of the years include the same workout bonus and escalators with the following base salaries: 2012: $3.4 million, 2013: $4.45 million, 2014: $5.5 million, 2015: $6.55 million.
Dockett also can get a $2.5 million escalator in 2014 if he gets eight sacks in any one of his first four seasons.