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Arizona Cardinals Extend Darnell Dockett

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We interrupt the Matt Leinart drama to bring you four-more years of Darnell Dockett.

The Arizona Cardinals got the deal done that Dockett (and Cardinals fans) wanted. Early reports value the deal at $47 million with $31 million guaranteed.

Congratulations to Nine-0 and to the organization for making this happen without forcing a holdout. Considering the issues with the quarterback position, this move is a welcome reminder that the Cardinals front office will shell out the money necessary to retain the players they consider building blocks for the future.

In case you're concerned that Dockett's career will now take a Albert Haynesworth-esque turn, check out this quote from the man himself:

"I think I have to take my game to a totally different level (now)"

Are you going to disagree with him? Great move.

More on the signing:

Tempe, AZ (Sports Network) - The Arizona Cardinals have signed defensive tackle Darnell Dockett to a four-year contract extension.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Dockett's current deal was set to expire after the 2011 season. He is now signed through the 2015 campaign.

Dockett collected 57 tackles, a team-leading seven sacks and one interception last season for the Cardinals.

The Florida State product has started every game the last five years for Arizona.

For his career, Dockett has recorded 332 tackles, 26 sacks and four interceptions in 96 regular-season games.