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Postby onnestabe » Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:32 pm

louisianacajunsam wrote:saints have a few major holes..

there is a few very good free agent quarterbacks, or at least free agent quarterbacks that have lots of upside, including mccown, shaub, volek, etc...

thats why i think they should try to get one of those, maybe draft a.j. hawk, and then in the second an offensive tackle (you can still draft a very good tackle in the second because there is so many good ones this year)....i mean how could you argue with that gameplan since there are so many weaknesses..this could fill lots of holes right here

That's the thing, there are a lot of holes, but there are also some big contracts that they have to manage, and I don't have confidence that Mickey Loomis will be able to build a team that has a chance to do much.

If it were me playing GM, I would probably try to go after McCown and linebacker help in free agency, franchise LeCharles Bentley, then get the best guard and tackle in the draft with D'Brick and Max Jean-Gilles.

Now, will any of this happen? No. What will happen is that they will re-sign a couple of the linebackers that have never gotten the job done, draft overrated Leinart, and go after a kick returner or something equally retarded in the second round, effectively addressing none of the team's needs.

But hey, we are hijacking this thread, so if you want to continue this, make a post in the Saints team forum.
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Postby dream_017 » Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:58 pm

Looks like he is staying unless Zygi wants him out
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Postby VaderFin » Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:16 am

This article talks about how the Fins and some other teams have spoken with the Vikes about a possible trade. Also states that the compensation is being looked at as more then a 2nd rounder.

The Dolphins have held talks with the Minnesota Vikings over the past week about a possible trade involving Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper.
Two sources confirmed the talks, with one saying the Vikings have approached ''a limited number of teams'' about Culpepper. No terms about a possible deal were available, however one source said the price for Culpepper will be more than the second-round pick that both The Minneapolis Star Tribune and reported last week.
The Dolphins are extremely interested in Culpepper among a short list of veterans they might take a look at. Among the others are Tennessee's Steve McNair and Washington backup Patrick Ramsey.
Coach Nick Saban has said on at least two occasions this offseason he would like to acquire a young quarterback for the team to develop, but with some of those options possibly limited, Saban could turn his attention to a veteran.
Saban has become progressively concerned about filling the position during the offseason. The Dolphins are very interested in Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler but feel he might be drafted too high in the first round for them. The Dolphins have the No. 16 overall pick. The team also is interested in Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst and Alabama's Brodie Croyle. However, Whitehurst and Croyle are not considered as strong prospects as Cutler. All of that has caused the Dolphins to take a further look at veterans such as Culpepper.
Culpepper, who missed the final nine games of last season with a significant knee injury, is due to receive a roster bonus of $6 million in mid-March, and will make a base salary of $2 million next season.
He is under contract for the next eight years with his salary at $5.5 million in 2007, $6 million in both 2008 and 2009, and topping out at $10 million in 2013.
Culpepper asked for a pay raise at the end of January, irking the Vikings' management, including new owner Zygi Wilf. Culpepper struggled through the first six games last season after a breakout 2004 season.
Culpepper compiled 4,717 yards passing in 2004, with 39 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. After seven games of the 2005 season, he had thrown for 1,564 yards, with six touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Culpepper was lost for the season Oct. 30 against Carolina when he tore three of the four ligaments in his right knee, requiring surgery. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala.
It is unclear when Culpepper will be able to return this season although he hopes to play by at least October. Culpepper is expected to be ready for some drills at the beginning of training camp in late July.
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Postby mattb47 » Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:37 am

Hmm....Culpepper in Miami would be interesting, that's for sure. I'm not sure that I would want a QB who tends to be so turnover happy if I'm Miami but Saban seems to know what he's doing there. If I were them I would be looking at Brees, McCown, and maybe Ramsey.
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