Vikings | Culpepper to be released?
Fri, 24 Feb 2006 04:59:56 -0800
Jason Cole, of the Miami Herald, reports the Miami Dolphins expect the Minnesota Vikings to release QB Daunte Culpepper before the Vikings are scheduled to pay him a $6 million roster bonus March 17. Because of that belief, the Dolphins have resisted the offer to trade for Culpepper. The Dolphins and Vikings recently discussed a trade for Culpepper. Despite those discussions, the Dolphins are not interested in a trade at this point. They are examining a number of quarterback options.
Posted on Fri, Feb. 24, 2006
Vikings expected to cut Culpepper
BY JASON mailto:COLEjcole@MiamiHerald.com
The Dolphins expect Minnesota to release quarterback Daunte Culpepper before the Vikings are scheduled to pay him a $6 million roster bonus on March 17.
Because of that belief, the Dolphins have resisted the offer to trade for Culpepper, who also is scheduled to make $2 million in base salary for the 2006 season.
The Dolphins and Vikings recently discussed a trade for Culpepper. Although no exact compensation was discussed, the Vikings are asking for more than the second-round pick that was reported this month.
Despite those discussions, the Dolphins are not interested in a trade at this point. They are examining a number of quarterback options.
The Dolphins are expected to speak with the agents for San Diego quarterback Drew Brees if the Chargers and Brees are unable to work out a contract extension by the end of next week.
The Dolphins also are monitoring what Tennessee will do with Steve McNair and what Washington will do with Patrick Ramsey.
On Thursday they held further talks with agents Tom Condon and Ken Kremer regarding quarterback Tim Couch.
Condon and Kremer also represent Brees.
Cornerback Sam Madison recently backed off his claim that he would not take a pay cut to stay with the Dolphins. Agent Drew Rosenhaus told the team in recent talks that Madison might be willing to take less in hopes of returning.
The Dolphins, who were not happy with Madison's performance for much of the 2005 season before he rebounded at the end of the year, are considering all options when it comes to upgrading at cornerback.
The team is looking at numerous cornerbacks in the draft and is expected to talk with Ty Law, who was cut this week by the New York Jets. Law is among several veterans being considered, but most of them are expected to be too expensive.
As for Madison, he is scheduled to cost the Dolphins $6.5 million against the salary cap. That includes $3.7 million in base salary and bonuses. If the Dolphins cut or trade Madison, they will save $2.7 million against the salary cap.
Rosenhaus could not be reached for comment.
After New Orleans declined to place a franchise tag on Pro Bowl center LeCharles Bentley and Seattle put only the transition tag on Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson, the Dolphins immediately were considered an option for both of them.
However, the Dolphins are unlikely to pay the $5 million per year that Bentley is expected to demand. As for Hutchinson, the Dolphins also are unlikely to meet his demands because of other needs, particularly if the collective bargaining agreement is not extended. Seattle has the right to match any deal for Hutchinson because of the transition tag.
Running back Reggie Bush had the quote of the day at the NFL scouting combine.
Bush, who is expected to be taken with the No. 1 overall pick by the Texans, was asked what he likes best about Houston.
Said Bush: ``No state [income] tax.''