By: Joe Lami
Reports came out early Friday morning that three-time all-pro defensive tackle, Darnell Dockett has been released by the San Francisco 49ers. After not playing at all in 2014 due to an ACL tear, the one-time Arizona Cardinal star was looking to make a huge comeback. However, he was unable to crack the 53-man roster for the 49ers.
Dockett, 34, could be looking at the end of his career now, as everything is up in the air. He reported on Monday morning that he’d was battling through a rib injury during the entire pre-season and it forced him not to dress in Thursday night’s 14-12 win over the Chargers.
Dockett was brought on during this past offseason, signing a two-year $7.5 million deal that carried a $2 million guarantee. By releasing Dockett, the 49ers escaped a $250k bonus that Dockett would have made if he made the opening week roster.
With Dockett’s release, it’s suggested that nose tackle, Mike Purcell, could have stolen his job. Purcell had a great pre-season for the 49ers that was highlighted by a pick six in week two against the Cowboys.
Dockett is just one of the first cuts to come for San Francisco over the next day, as the roster will be dwindled down to 53 by Saturday’s 1 p.m. deadline.