Darnell Dockett's Big Tweet: I Will Not Let My Contract Issues Distract Me

Jon ParksContributor IJuly 6, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Darnell Dockett #90 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates after he sacked Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

What in the Twitterverse is going on here?

What has the NFL come to?

These days, it is considered big news when a player decides not to hold out of training camp—actually fulfilling the obligations of his contract, and playing for the amount of money he agreed to when he signed on the dotted line.

This morning the Cards’ Darnell Dockett made a big announcement, via Twitter:

Dockett fans, CARDINAL FANs, AND ALL SPORTS WRITERS AND ALL BLOGGER and any one else who wanna know I WILL MAKE AN ANNOUCMENT 2day @ 8:15.

We all waited with great anticipation. Would he hold out? Did he reach a deal with the Cards? Did follow in the steps of teammate Anquan Boldin and fire agent Drew Rosenhaus?

None of the above.

The user @ddockett kept “Cardinal fans, and all sports writers and all blogger and any one else who wanna know” waiting until 8:40 EST before tweeting again.

“I am happy to announce that after meeting with the team recently, I have full faith and confidence in the Cardinals organization-cont

“and I am looking forward to a great season. From the first day of training camp and on, I will not let my contract issues distract me

“or my team from reaching our goals-. I also look forward to playing with my teammates and defending our NFC championship title

“and I appreciate the support I've received from all my fans this offseason. - WE WILL WIN THE NFC WEST

His big announcement: he’s not holding out. He’s going to play for the money he agreed to play for when he signed his contract.


With everything going on with contracts these days in the NFL, it’s refreshing to see a player man up and fulfill his contractual obligations to his team. And perhaps the best part of his announcement (other than the Cardinals winning the NFC West again) was his disclaimer:

“FYI to all, No this was not a DREW ROSENHAUSE call or idea, THIS is how I feel and I'm sticking to it. Thanks agan to all the DDOCKETT FANS