The 49ers have released veteran defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. San Francisco signed Dockett this offseason to a two-year, $7.5-million contract with $2 million guaranteed. Oops.
Dockett, 34, missed most of the offseason as he recovered from a torn ACL he suffered last August. During the preseason, he played 16 snaps — four against the Dallas Cowboys, 12 against the Denver Broncos. Then he suffered a rib injury and missed the final preseason game against the Chargers.
This move is good news for rookie defensive lineman Arik Armstead, who now has an opportunity to play in the sub-packages as an interior pass rusher.