Now that the longest awaited trade in the history of the league is over, the Miami Dolphins are ready to move ahead and one of the first things they will have to do is decide on the future of quarterback Daunte Culpepper. The former Viking QB stated on Tuesday that he has medical clearance and is ready to compete for the starting QB job, this the same day the team finally got the man that appears to be the QB that will start 2007 under center – Trent Green.
Culpepper, who has been unable to do much with his knee, is finally ready to give it a go according to an email he sent out, and says that he will go at it in an offseason practice today, as well as this weekend’s final mini-camp. The QB also wrote that he welcomes the competition of Green and is ready to go head to head with the former Chiefs signal caller. “My position on Trent is that the Dolphins should get the best players that they can and let them compete for the starting job,” Culpepper wrote in the email.
Why the Dolphins would even consider keeping Daunte on the roster very long is a mystery. They have five QB’s on the roster, including future starter John Beck, and Cleo Lemon, who just signed a one-year deal this past week. There is no way that the Dolphins will keep all four, which means that the final roster spot at QB will come down to either Lemon or Daunte. The team has already said it would be tough to keep Daunte at the salary he is making, so that means that its a foregone conclusion he will be the odd man out.
Despite all that is going against him, Culpepper has already said that he is not going to be asked to be traded or released. He will leave that up to Miami. With the fact they went so hard after Green and finally got the deal done, the Dolphins already appear to have their minds made up that Culpepper is not going to be part of the teams future.