Posted on Tue, Jul. 17, 2007
Dolphins release embattled Culpepper
By JEFF DARLINGTON
The brief but dramatic relationship between the Dolphins and quarterback Daunte Culpepper has officially ended, as the team announced Tuesday it has terminated Culpepper's contract.
An arbitration hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday in South Florida -- postponed by more than two weeks from its initial date -- but the Dolphins ultimately decided the hearing wasn't worth enduring.
Miami held on to Culpepper for this long in continued efforts to trade him. But with no interest from any teams, potentially because many suitors knew he would inevitably be released, the Dolphins decided it was time to finally cut ties.
The Dolphins signed Culpepper last offseason, but his inability to recover from a severe knee injury limited his progress with the team. Soon after coach Cam Cameron was hired, it became clear the new boss wanted to hand pick his own quarterback.
Culpepper's career with the Dolphins informally came to a close when the Dolphins traded for Kansas City's Trent Green, but Tuesday's announcement made official what was inevitable.