This last weekend Darnell Dockett, again, demanded that the Cardinals trade him … or he will be really unhappy. Cardinals officials tried really hard not to laugh in his face rejected the demand. Dockett is represented by Drew Rosenhaus, the same super agent, representing Anquan Boldin who is, surprise surprise also demanding a trade. Believe it or not I don’t blame Rosenhaus. I know that a NFL players life span is awfully short, the average career spanning 3.5 years, and that as a result that NFL players have to make as much money as quickly as they can, but Darnell, come on … get real.
Darnell, you made $3,250,000.00 last year and your salary escalates to $7,000,000.00 in 2009, not exactly chump change, but a far cry from Albert Haynesworth money. Fine, you have a legit gripe. But you have absolutely no leverage to demand a trade. You are under contract for 3 more seasons. Whether you like it or not the Cardinals control your professional destiny.
Your options are either play or stay home (and no matter what those emails about the deceased industrialist in Nigeria or those stay at home google jobs say staying at home isn’t exactly a viable economic alternative, but Scott Howard Scott Howard does have some good news about those penis enlargement pills). You aren’t going into a contract year and the NFL trade market post-draft is colder than than the ladies are around old Zim. Without any leverage, with 3 years left on your current contract and with a dead draft market your demand has all of the force of a 3 year old threatening to hold their breath until they get a new My Little Pony (Rainbow Dash).
Let’s face it Darnell you are stuck here for at least another year, so try not to antagonize the organization or the fan base. Take some advice from Richard Pryor: have a coke, a smile and shut the fuck up!