As expected, the Miami Dolphins are quickly moving to try and solve their situation at quarterback now that Trent Green is finally in the fold. Former starting QB Daunte Culpepper was told this morning by the team that they are going to look to trade him. Culpepper just got medical clearance to practice after spending months getting his knee back to 100 percent, and wanted a chance to go head to head with Green for the starting job. Now that is not going to happen according to a statement released today by Daunte.
“This morning I met with (general manager) Randy Mueller and (coach) Cam Cameron,” Culpepper wrote in an email on Wednesday morning. “They finally notified me that they are going in a different direction at the QB position. They would like to trade me in order to ‘get something for me.’ However, it is my position that I have already been down that road and I am not interested in being traded. They have told me throughout the off-season that I am under contract to the Dolphins.
“Therefore, it will be up to them to either keep me under contract or release me. In the meantime I will continue to work out at the facility with the team and prepare myself for training camp, wherever it may be.”
That will not be in Miami, a team that took a shot with Culpepper, a player who clearly was not ready to return after suffering a major injury against the Panthers two seasons ago. The Dolphins with then head coach Nick Saban, rushed Culpepper back, and it was apparent from the opener vs the Steelers that he was not the QB they thought they were getting.
Culpepper going to another team is going to be tricky, as he has a base salary of $5.5 mil this season. Any team that would consider trying to trade for Culpepper would for sure have to come to terms with getting a new deal done and lowering that value before trading for him.