Et Tu Darnell? Darnell Dockett Pleads His Case For More Money

Daniel BrommerCorrespondent IMay 19, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Darnell Dockett #90 of the Arizona Cardinals pressures quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers past the block of Darnell Stapleton #72 during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Steelers won 27-23.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

As if the Arizona Cardinals didn't have enough salt in their open wounds from the Anquan Boldin debacle, Darnell Dockett decided he wants a hand in the offseason drama action as well.

Dockett, the high profile defensive tackle for the NFC Champs decided his contract wasn't good enough either.

Now I know this is old news for some, but let's take a look at his case.

Obviously Anquan Boldin has a case, or at least he thinks he has a case. Boldin has produced time and time again, and he risked his life and his safety this season by coming back early from a horrendous hit.

Boldin has a case to plead, he's a great receiver, and he put the team first even though it didn't appear so this past season.

Does he deserve a new contract? Some might have to agree with that, but that's neither here nor there.

Back to Dockett.

Darnell Dockett has played his entire career in Arizona. He's a fan favorite and he's a hard worker.

He's entering his sixth season with the Cardinals, and he's been a productive player his entire career.

He was relatively quiet his first three seasons until his breakout season in 2007 when he recorded nine sacks to go along with 58 tackles.

This past season Dockett regressed recording only four sacks and 49 tackles, but it was his Super Bowl performance that made him a household name. He sacked Big Ben three times, tying Reggie White's record for most sacks in the Super Bowl.

After this performance, it's easy to see where Dockett is coming from.

He's a high motor guy with plenty of good years ahead of him.

But didn't he just sign an extension?

That's right, he just signed a five year, $22.01 million dollar extension that goes through the 2011 season.

Granted, Dockett performed great last season, maybe not as high as the Cardinal coaches expected, but his playoff performance and more notably his Super Bowl performance has to count for something.

In an age where defense is thriving (see Albert Haynesworth and his $100 million dollar contract), wouldn't it be smart for Dockett to perform at a higher level in the next three years, and then go after the money?

It's an argument. Maybe Dockett isn't in the same conversation as Haynesworth, but he certainly means just as much to the Cardinals as Haynesworth means to his new team, the Washington Redskins.

This argument can go on and on, and there probably isn't a right answer here, but the bottom line is this; Dockett needs to get in camp, show the team that the team comes first, and then worry about his so called "money problems" later.

The Cardinals need Dockett, and Dockett needs he Cardinals.

Since the Cardinals said they will address the needs of current players Adrian Wilson and Karlos Dansby first, whose contracts are about to expire, they have been forced to put Dockett and Boldin on the back-burner for now.

It's hard to see a way for them to satisfy all of them, Wilson and Dansby are in a position to demand big bucks in the free agent market.

If Boldin and Dockett are going to leave, the Cardinals would like to get something out of them.

Both players are represented by agent Drew Rosenhous, who recently has said that most teams would surrender a first round draft pick for the services of Dockett.

While this shapes up to be the talk of the offseason for the Cardinals, it doesn't look like this soap opera is ready to go off the air just yet.