SANTA CLARA -- If you’ve watched the 49ers and Cardinals rivalry develop over the past four years, you’ve seen Alex Boone and Darnell Dockett go to war in the trenches.
Their on-field history has created an interesting dynamic as Dockett gets comfortable wearing the Red and Gold.
“After all the battles we’ve had, I passed him like seven times before we spoke,” Dockett said Tuesday.
Words were finally shared on Tuesday, prior to the team's mandatory minicamp, and it appears the two won’t have any lasting issues.
“I asked him if he was retiring,” Dockett said with a smile. “He said, ‘No.’ So we’re good.”
Boone wouldn’t go so far as to call it a meeting, but he, too, was happy to move forward with his new teammate.
“You squash all the beef that you ever had,” Boone said. “Obviously there was a lot there between I and him. It’s just competition. What happens on the field stays on the field.
“It’s our job to literally beat the hell out of each other, so anything that you want to take off (the field), that’s on you.”
Dockett, who has played for the division rival Cardinals for the past 12 seasons, has received plenty of flak for jumping ship.
“I’ve been in this division so long. … I’ve been getting a lot of criticism like ‘Why’d you go to the 49ers?'"
"I’m here for a reason.”
Dockett, who missed all of last season with a torn right ACL, said multiple times he’d be ready when the team opens its 2015 campaign against the Vikings on Sept. 14.