The Daunte Culpepper saga continues in Miami, and the latest word is that the veteran QB has asked the Dolphins to be released so he can look to play for another team. Culpepper was told on Wednesday that he was going to be shopped around to other teams, but he says that he wants control of where he goes. Acting as his own agent, Culpepper released a statement about the situation on Thursday.
“I want to take this opportunity to give an update on my status with the Miami Dolphins,” Culpepper said in a statement Thursday. “After hearing public comments from Coach Cameron and Randy Mueller Wednesday, I have decided to aggressively ask to be released. I have written a letter to Randy Mueller and Coach Cameron to that effect and delivered it to them this morning before doing my workout.”
Culpepper, despite being told that he was going to be traded, was given some good news this past week as he was finally given a clean bill of health for his knee injury. Right after Dr.James Andrews told Daunte that he was good to go and take the field, Culpepper told the media that he was anxious to go up against Trent Green in camp. Then on Wednesday, Mueller and Cameron broke the news that he would be shopped around.
Set to make $5.5 mil this season, Culpepper is ready to take his football future elsewhere. “I feel it is necessary to obtain a release rather than seek a trade so that I would not bring the excess baggage of my present contract to a new team,” Culpepper said in a statement. “I feel like my next team should have the opportunity to get to know me as a man and a player before they make any long term commitment. Even though it is frustrating, I had prepared myself for the possibility that I would not be given an opportunity to compete here since the week before this years NFL Draft. At that time it became obvious to me that my desire to compete would not trump established relationships.”