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MINNEAPOLIS -- Quashing rumors of a trade, Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs said they're prepared to enter the season with quarterback Daunte Culpepper whether or not a contract extension is completed.
"We've never given any thought to trading him,'' McCombs said, "and we're not dancing on hot coals as to whether we get him signed, either. He's under contract and is our quarterback for (2003). If we get him signed, fine. If we don't, that's fine also. But we've never given any thought to trading him.''
Culpepper is entering the final season of a five-year contract he signed in 1999.
After a strong finish to the 2002 season, Culpepper is believed to be seeking an extension that would place him among the NFL's highest-paid quarterbacks. The Vikings, however, have offered him substantially less.