49ers release Darnell Dockett

AP

In the offseason, defensive tackle Darnell Dockett chose the 49ers over the Cardinals. Now, the 49ers have chosen someone else over Dockett.

Per a league source, the 49ers have released Dockett, one day ahead of the mandatory trimming of rosters from 75 to 53.

Dockett signed a two-year, $7.25 million deal with the 49ers. He earned a $500,000 workout bonus, and he has $2 million in guaranteed base salary, with offset language.

The move makes Dockett a free agent. He can now sign with any other team. And the 49ers will get a dollar-for-dollar credit, up to $2 million, on whatever he earns elsewhere.

Dockett had been dealing with a rib issue; he called it a cracked rib, and the team called it a cartilage issue. If he doesn’t quickly land with a new team, an injury grievance is possible, since players can’t be cut when they are hurt.

Either way, there’s a chance team will wait until after Week One to sign Dockett. As a vested veteran, his full base salary becomes guaranteed if he’s on the roster for the opening weekend.

62 responses to “49ers release Darnell Dockett

  1. Wondering if there is a reunion with Dockett in Arizona or with his old d-coordinator Todd Bowles in New York.

  2. How is this any better than the Trent Richardson debacle that the Raiders were ridiculed for with a headline of “That’s so Raiders: Trent Richardson got $600,000 guaranteed”

    I guess this move was very 49ers.

  3. Of course the niners saved money that’s all they care about with this regime, we know they don’t care about winning because there head coach was on last night on the opposite sideline of Utah.

  4. And this is why Keim let you walk man. You probably better off taking the deal from the Cards. Who knows, with Peters out for the season, he just might find a job in AZ for the minimum; not likely though. Good Luck Dock!

  5. Damaged goods with the recent rib injury. A younger, stronger and better Mike Purcell made this an easy move.

    Time to go to Wingstop then King of Diamonds!

  6. He’s done. He had very little left in the tank last year, so this is not surprising at all for someone who’s watched him almost his entire career. Best of luck in your life beyond football, DD.

  7. Some were surprised, others not. I was in the ‘not surprised’ camp. Mostly because instead of constantly ranting and raving about Baalke I try to understand what he’s doing.

    In signings of old/mediocre veterans like Dahl (2013), Dockett and Wright, Baalke seems to be building a safety net in case his draft choices don’t pan out. It may not be a ‘great starter’ safety net. But it’s better than ‘completely incompetent’ that can (and does) happen when you don’t plan for disaster results.

    Dahl, for example, was insurance if Reid didn’t pan out. Reid panned out, Dahl is a bench warmer. not an exciting signing. Not an earth shattering signing. But one that protected the 49ers if Reid failed.

    Also, FWIW, I would not be surprised to see him cut this year.

  8. Ryan Pace better be considering this guy. Forget Ray McDonald….Dockett has been a standout guy on the Cards for years, and doesn’t have the off-field issues…Get it done Bears!

  9. Cut a player with guaranteed money before he plays a meaningful snap? What’s going on here? That never happens…

    Reggie Mac must be running the 9ers….and the Bills….and….

  10. reports are that the knee is not healthy or where it should be. can’t plant it to push off 300 lbs linemen.

    @bevertonsteve docket was once a productive player. Richardson was NEVER a productive player.

  11. ctiggs says:
    Sep 4, 2015 11:09 AM
    I guess we are just so deep this year we can expend any player. Not so sure what we are doing anymore.

    lol. Of course not. How many of you have ever tried to ****ing figure out Baalke’s MO? No. Most of you don’t and you attack those who do!

    You rant. You rave. You throw tantrums. You make quips.

    Dockett, Dahl, Wright, etc., were almost certainly signed as safety nets. If the unit doesn’t need them, they’re gone. If things don’t work out for the unit, you’re not in freak-out mode because you are now down to one good CB/DT/S and a cast of palookas who couldn’t fall in water from a boat!

    Stop screaming and yelling and just watch he does. He builds for the future. He guards against failures and mistakes.

    He’s not perfect by any means. But your failure to understand this doesn’t make him a bad GM.

  12. …and reportedly for only $500,000 more, which he probably easily spent more then that because of the difference in housing values.

    A $300,000 house in Phx area will cost you well over a million in SF.

    So it wouldn’t surprise me if he LOST money by buying a house that he no longer needs.

  13. Dockett isn’t as good as he once was, but also, the 49ers are in better shape than a lot of people realize.

  14. a1evilboy says:
    Sep 4, 2015 11:20 AM
    Tampa has first dibs on waiver claims. Wonder if cartilage is an ongoing problem?

    He is a veteran and therefore there are no waivers. He goes straight to free agency and can sign with whom he wishes.

  15. Cards fans will probably agree with me Dockett was good but every time I watched the Cardnials play it was Calais Campbell making all the plays. Dockett because he was loud – got all the press.

    49ers D-line has been one of the best the past 4 or 5 years. They are going to need young guys to step up in a big way. Baalke’s top draft picks are going to be put to the test.

  16. You can’t be effective as a DT when you have a rib injury. I’ve had torn rib cartilage playing baseball many years back. It’s very painful. Anytime you cough or twist the torso is like an icepick stab in the ribs. How the hell can you play football. No Way !
    There has to be more to this story if they cut him with no settlement.

  17. This move is because the Niners have a ton of young talent on the D line. It was cut Dockett or one of those promising young players (Purcell, TJE, etc.). This move should be credited to the 49ers for having a good solid deep D-line group. That’s it.

  18. moseszd says:
    Sep 4, 2015 11:27 AM

    ctiggs says:
    Sep 4, 2015 11:09 AM
    I guess we are just so deep this year we can expend any player. Not so sure what we are doing anymore.

    lol. Of course not. How many of you have ever tried to ****ing figure out Baalke’s MO? No. Most of you don’t and you attack those who do!

    You rant. You rave. You throw tantrums. You make quips.

    Dockett, Dahl, Wright, etc., were almost certainly signed as safety nets. If the unit doesn’t need them, they’re gone. If things don’t work out for the unit, you’re not in freak-out mode because you are now down to one good CB/DT/S and a cast of palookas who couldn’t fall in water from a boat!

    Stop screaming and yelling and just watch he does. He builds for the future. He guards against failures and mistakes.

    He’s not perfect by any means. But your failure to understand this doesn’t make him a bad GM.

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    What ever you say Mr. Baalke. I don’t know about you but I like my GM to be sure of his picks and not constantly needing to have a “safety net”. Also, who the hell doesn’t build for the future? The only thing he does do well is draft linebackers!

  19. Dockett is pretty much done, it didnt help his case that young DLs like Mike Purcell were playing like men possessed while he was injured all preseason.

  20. Niners D line is strong. This was the right move. We may not win it all this year or make the playoffs, but we arent going down the sewer like all of the pundits want to see happen. Top 5 GM in the league.

  21. The Cardinals offered him a fair deal & he left the team for $500k difference. The team that drafted him when all other teams passed, the same team that gave him a multi-year contract with large signing bonus. He left only a year after he scolded Karlos Dansby for leaving a potential playoff team for Cleveland & the money. To be honest he should have considered himself lucky to get a contract offer from Arizona, because frankly he was injured all last season, and he’s getting long in the tooth. He could have been a Ring of Honor candidate for the Cardinals, but he had to run his mouth when he got to SF. Now he’s unemployed. SMH, he was a pretty decent Cardinal during his time, but when your ego is too big and it outshines the performance on the field & availability…things like this happen. He’ll show up somewhere like Tampa Bay for a year, or Chicago. Then he’ll get humble & ask the Cardinals for a single day contract so he can retire. SMH

  22. He’ll either end up back in AZ or NY with the Jets now that he sees that the Cardinals were reasonable with him on his value when he started shoppping himself in the offseason. Cardinals might be the better bet with Peters out for the season.

  23. Only teams with younger, better talent make moves like this. Joke must be on the niners. Don’t they know they suck? Haven’t they read the national publications, or the PFT comments?

  24. beavertonsteve says:
    Sep 4, 2015 11:11 AM
    How is this any better than the Trent Richardson debacle that the Raiders were ridiculed for with a headline of “That’s so Raiders: Trent Richardson got $600,000 guaranteed”

    I guess this move was very 49ers.

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    That was my thoughts exactly!!

  25. How is this any better than the Trent Richardson debacle that the Raiders were ridiculed for with a headline of “That’s so Raiders: Trent Richardson got $600,000 guaranteed”

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    Its better because Dockett was a good player at one time so giving him a roster bonus to secure his services is warranted……Trent was never good, he was a bust at two stops and was given every opportunity at both stops and failed…no need to give him guaranteed money until he made the team….he didn’t have teams waiting in line to sign him….

  26. moseszd says:Sep 4, 2015 11:27 AM

    He’s not perfect by any means. But your failure to understand this doesn’t make him a bad GM.

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    No it’s the A.J Jenkins pick, Jimmie Ward, a wasted pick on a friggin punter that we could have got as a UFA, never drafting a wide receiver that isn’t coming off of a torn ACL that makes him a bad GM. Oh and not like being critized and selling out the winning coach that scapegoated his overrated career.

    Baalke’s daughter, is that you?

  27. I love reading posts in here about how it’s a lock that everyone wants to go to the Pats when they are cut. The obvious place for him is the Cards, with the jets coming in 2nd due to Bowles now being the HC and the uncertainty with Richardson.

  28. $2,000,000 thrown away. And people ridicule the Raiders for Richardson! Niners are circling the drain that dumps into the Bay.

  29. Dumb move…the team has lost most of its veteran leadership and has nobody with an attitude on that Defense. 49ers needed someone to play with an attitude, play with passion and lead the young men. Bowman is great don’t get me wrong, but he is not the rah rah attitude guy like Dockett. Oh well, building year, they might as well get rid of the rest Bethea, Bowman, Wright, …who needs them. Stupid move.

  30. A double agent for the Cardinals LOL, good one arzcardinals

    49ers do have some good young D-Linemen like Carradine, Dial, etc. The potential is there, and even though Tomsula is a doomed-to-fail HC, he still is a great DL coach who knows his D-linemen. Might as well evaluate the young guys.

    Dockett had a great career and will always be a Cardinal, but unfortunately, age does catch up to you. Wasn’t smart for Dockett to reject a reasonable offer from AZ, but still a possibility that somebody picks him up as insurance.

  31. Injured, 34 years old, fully guaranteed contract if he is on any roster week 1, come on folks, there isn’t a GM in this league that will sign the guy until after the first week goes by. Well, there is one, Spielman of the Vikings, but thankfully the Vikings aren’t in the market this week for D lineman.

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