Now that Trent Green has been basically handed the starting job with the Dolphins, it’s time for Miami to start thinking about where former starter Daunte Culpepper is going to be traded to, and if a trade with that team can work out. While the Jets may want to think about a quality backup for Chad Pennington, and the Raiders may want a mentor for number one pick JaMarcus Russell, the likely team that will make a push for Culpepper also plays in the state of Florida – the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Culpepper already has a link to the Jags, that being assistant Mike Tice, who was the head coach when Daunte was in Minnesota. The match may be right based on the fact there has been plenty of talk about current QB Bryon Leftwich being on the hot seat as the starter for the 2007 season. On Wednesday, head coach Jack Del Rio spoke about the position at a practice and while he could not say Culpepper’s name specifically due to league rules, he did refer to him at one point as “a quarterback south of here.”
“We don’t rule any players out,” Del Rio said. “Obviously, I like our quarterback situation. I’ve been on record. I’ve said it countless times. We consider all possibilities, right now, he’s on another roster. I don’t think it makes any sense for me to sit up here and talk about something that’s on another roster.” Consider is a word that Del Rio and the Jags had better do seriously, as Leftwich has been on shaky ground in J-Ville for sometime. Last season injuries stopped Leftwich from playing in all but 6 games as the teams starter, and when he did he had just a QB rating of 79.0 with 7 TD’s and 5 interceptions.
Two seasons ago Leftwich also had his season cut short with injuries, as he played in 11 games, but played much better in those games with a rating of 89.3 with 15 TD’s and 5 picks. Jacksonville is not likely to give up much for Culpepper, who they know the Dolphins are eventually going to have to release if they can’t get a deal done for him. Miami just gave up a 5th round pick for their new starter in Trent Green, and they will be lucky to get that for Culpepper, who has been damaged goods for the Dolphins since coming over from the Vikings.