The San Francisco 49ers are scheduled to host former Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett on Monday evening, according to reports by ESPN's Ed Werder. The Cardinals released Dockett late last week as they were unable to come to an agreement on a restructuring of his $9.8 million cap hit. Reports in the aftermath of the release suggested he could still return to Arizona, but he will consider his options now that he is a free agent.
Dockett suffered a torn ACL last year, costing him the 2014 season. Had he been healthy and remained productive, the Cardinals potentially would not have released him. However, coming off an August 18 torn ACL, his recovery leaves plenty of question marks about what he can produce in 2015.
The 49ers defensive line faces question marks following the release of Ray McDonald, and the potential retirement of Justin Smith. As we have discussed plenty of times, the line has a lot of bodies, but few sure things. The line could include guys like Glenn Dorsey, Tank Carradine, Quinton Dial, Ian Williams and Tony Jerod-Eddie, among others.
I would certainly be down with adding Dockett given his experience. However, it will really come down to what kind of market exists for his services. I'm not saying he deserves a league minimum deal, but if he can get a bidding war going, the 49ers will likely back out fairly early. If I had to place the likelihood of Dockett signing with the 49ers on a scale of 1-to-10, I'd probably go with something like a 4. I could see it happening, but I think the interest will be high enough that it is not a strong possibility.