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  • Fins Cut Culpepper

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    POSTED 4:11 p.m. EDT; UPDATED 4:43 p.m. EDT, July 17, 2007

    FINS CUT CULPEPPER

    The Miami Dolphins have announced that the team has terminated the contract of quarterback Daunte Culpepper.

    The news was disclosed in a one-sentence release from the team.

    Culpepper's grievance against the team was scheduled to be heard on July 18. We assume that the grievance will not proceed, given that the goal was to force the franchise to allow him to participate in team drills during training camp, which opens later this month.

    The move ends Culpepper's rocky tenure with the Fins after only one season. Acquired in a trade for a second-round pick, Culpepper was ineffective in four starts, and ultimately was benched. He required further surgery on a knee that was shredded in November 2005, and did not return.

    His fate in South Florida was sealed after the team landed Trent Green. But instead of merely cutting Culpepper loose, the Dolphins hoped to finagle a draft pick for his services. At a mandatory minicamp last month, the team refused to allow Culpepper to participate in team drills, since a serious injury would have put the team on the hook for his entire $5.5 million salary. The move prompted Culpepper's grievance.

    We previously heard that the Dolphins were suspicious that Culpepper's "cut me don't trade me" stance was the result of tampering by one of the teams that could be interested in acquiring his services.

    Some league insiders believe that Culpepper is destined to land in Jacksonville, where he'd have a good shot at becoming the starter in 2008. We've heard that he's interested in joining the Packers, too.

    With Rams quarterback Marc Bulger recently hinting about a possible holdout, St. Louis coach Scott Linehan might be toying with the possibility of bringing Culpepper in with a one-year deal aimed at protecting the franchise against the worst-case scenario with Bulger, whose financial expectations surely have increased in the wake of the Dwight Freeney deal.

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  • #2
    wow Im so suprised Dante was cut.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by doingthisinsteadofwork View Post
      wow Im so suprised Dante was cut.
      are you being serious or sarcastic? lol I cant really tell

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      • #4
        Expect "Jaguars sign Culpepper" in the next couple weeks before training camp to pop up.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by PackerLegend View Post
          are you being serious or sarcastic? lol I cant really tell
          sarcastic.
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          • #6
            No surprise at all on my end. Really more surprised that it took them this long to cut the guy. There was no turning back once they traded for Trent Green. Might as well have just let Dante go and move it from there. No team was going to trade for Culpepper when it was obvious he would be a FA.



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            • #7
              Originally posted by keylime_5 View Post
              Expect "Jaguars sign Culpepper" in the next couple weeks before training camp to pop up.
              Yea, for some reason though I feel like Detriot may grab him.

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              • #8
                I don't know whose going to grab him. Maybe Houston?

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                • #9
                  If the Jags tell daunte they want him on the team i imagine he would jump at the oppurtunity to stay in his home state of florida and also Mike Tice is with the Jags now so that will make it an easy choice for him

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by diabsoule View Post
                    I don't know whose going to grab him. Maybe Houston?
                    They gave up equivalent to a mid-1st round pick to get their current starting Quarterback.

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                    • #11
                      not surprising... i really think he is going to have a hard time returning to his old form... i mean its like he woke up one day and forgot how to play QB...

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                      • #12
                        His biggest problem now is probably a loss of confidence in his abilities as a franchise QB

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Shiver View Post
                          They gave up equivalent to a mid-1st round pick to get their current starting Quarterback.
                          That one gets me every time. If the Pack sign him I will seriously feel bad for Aaron Rodgers. Worse, I mean. Detroit's not a bad destination, but if he actually got something going offensively in Jacksonville it could mean trouble for the league.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Shiver View Post
                            They gave up equivalent to a mid-1st round pick to get their current starting Quarterback.
                            I know that but who do they have as a quality backup? Sage Rosenfels, Bradlee Van Pelt, and Quinton Porter are the backups to Matt Schaub. Why not sign Culpepper to be the back-up? He can't demand a huge salary since he hasn't played in 2 years and Houston could use him as an insurance policy in case Schaub goes down. It would be like Carolina signing David Carr to backup Jake Delhomme. It makes good sense to me.
                            Last edited by diabsoule; 07-17-2007, 07:52 PM.

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                            • #15
                              He'll be a nice 2nd option somewhere


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