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Darnell Dockett to choose between San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals

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Darnell Dockett has played for the Arizona Cardinals for the entirety of his 11-year NFL career to date. 

That could all be about to change though, thanks to the San Francisco 49ers, who are chasing the star defensive lineman in free agency. And technically, despite Dockett being on the Arizona's books last year, they are also looking to get him as a free agent.

After missing the entire 2014 seasons thanks to an ACL injury, the Cardinals let Dockett become a free agent in the hopes of signing him back on a cheaper deal.

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San Francisco will be hoping to ruin that however. The 49ers are very interested in snatching the 33-year old away from the University of Phoenix Stadium, and it seems like Dockett is at the very least entertaining that idea.

According to a report from Ian Rapoport of, Dockett had a very good visit with the 49ers and new head coach Jim Tomsula, and has seemingly narrowed down his favoured destinations to Arizona and San Francisco. 

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On top of the visits to San Francisco, Dockett has also spent a meeting or two with the Saint Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks, meaning that the entire NFC West hold an interest in acquiring the talented veteran.

The Cardinals have offered Dockett a one-year deal that is worth up to $4 million should the defensive tackle , so it will be curious to see if the 49ers are willing to match that.

Prior to being released, Dockett had tweeted that he would be back playing in Arizona next season whether it be for one game or eight games. While the Cardinals do have other teams coming to Arizona in 2015, this news that the four potential teams are all in the NFC West is not surprising.

Dockett was drafted by the Cardinals in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft out of Florida State University. He was thought to have been a late 1st round pick but he more than likely scared coaches off with his previous arrests and clashes with coaching staffs. 

Dockett has been named a Pro Bowler on three separate occasions, in 2007, 2009 and 2010 respectively. Dockett has 40.5 career sacks to go along with 459 career tackles.

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