Defensive lineman Darnell Dockett, a three-time Pro Bowl selection whom the Arizona Cardinals released last week, is reportedly scheduled to meet with the 49ers on Monday night.
Dockett, who turns 34 in May, missed the entire 2014 season after sustaining a torn ACL in August. He had missed only two games in his previous 10 NFL seasons with the Cardinals.
The Cardinals released him on Friday to avoid paying his scheduled pay for 2015 of nearly $7 million. He will take his first visit as a free agent to meet with the 49ers, according to a report from ESPN's Ed Werder, citing sources. Dockett is represented by agent Drew Rosenhaus.
The 49ers are looking to bolster their defensive line. Defensive lineman Justin Smith is scheduled to meet with coach Jim Tomsula, as he has in previous offseasons, to discuss his plans. Smith is contemplating retirement.
“As a football coach, do you want Justin Smith on your team? Well, hell yes. Yes,” Tomsula said recently at the NFL Scouting Combine. “But I’m not going to go there. I’m not going to do that. I respect that guy, man. Fifteen years, playing the way he plays at that position, and the way he does it. I’m going to let him.”
Smith is scheduled to make $4.25 million in salary. He is entering the final year of the contract he negotiated in June 2013.