The Cardinals announced during a news conference Wednesday that they have signed two-time Pro Bowl DT Darnell Dockett to a contract extension that runs through the 2015 season.
The deal is worth up to $48 million over four years with $30 million guaranteed, a league source told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.
“First of all, I want to take a moment and say I’m very thankful to be in this situation,” Dockett said in his first comments, before personally thanking Cardinals general manager Rod Graves and coach Ken Whisenhunt, who sat on each side of him.
“I’m happy. I’m going to be here,” Dockett added. “I’m excited to win games. You all are going to see me around here probably longer than you thought.”
Dockett said he wasn’t concerned about the extension that was being worked on in the background during training camp. The Cardinals weren’t expected to work on an extension with Dockett before the 2010 season.
“I honestly believe that if you want to have a winning program, you have to keep your guys around. The ones you can rely on through thick and thin,” Dockett said.
Dockett signed a reported five-year, $22 million extension in October of 2006 and was due $3.75 million in 2010 and $4 million in 2011.
We’ll have much more on this story — including video from the news conference — later on NFL.com.