The veteran defensive end has been feeling the heat between himself and the Cardinals, and it's led him to question his future in Arizona.
Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett is on his way to posting his lowest sack total in six years and the second-lowest number of tackles in his career. In a year when the Cardinals haven't had much go right, Dockett's issues have stood out to the point where he was benched for the start of the Cardinals' game against the Seattle Seahawks. Dockett offered some insight into his take on things in an interview with XTRA 910 radio.
When it comes to the crucial question of Dockett's future with the team, the three-time Pro Bowler said he had "no idea" what the future held:
"I have no idea. First of all I'm very thankful that the Arizona Cardinals have given me opportunities. From drafting me and to show my talent, I'm very thankful to the organization. If I'm not wanted somewhere then I will be happy somewhere else or however that situation may go down. To all the Cardinals fans, this was not my idea of me being traded or people thinking I might be traded and I came up with this or I said this. I never said that but at the end of the day I'm never going to be anywhere I'm not wanted or I'm not going to be somewhere where I'm treated unfairly. I want to be happy. I play with passion, I give everything I have on the field, I love what I do, I play injured a lot of times and I play through it, I don't just sit out of games and watch my team go out there and play. Anything I can do to help this football team win I have done it and my record speaks for itself. At the end of the day if it comes down to that then I will take my talents somewhere else."
An on-field incident with Kerry Rhodes led to a hefty fine from the organization, reported to be $200,000. The incident stemmed from defensive coordinator Ray Horton's decision to let the New York Jets score in order to give the Arizona offense a last chance with the ball. In the interview, Dockett calls the fine unfair and asks how it came to that. He explained that he just has a don't-quit attitude and "didn't want to be a part [of letting New York score]." Saying he had never been in that situation in his 20 years of playing football, Dockett added:
"I feel at the time that our defense has been giving everything we've got week in and week out and it's hard for me to just move out of the way and let the team score on you."
Dockett said being benched against Seattle was "miserable," but said he thought about James Harden and resolved to give his team a spark off the bench.