Culpepper Traded To Dolphins

that the "are expected to trade their frustrated and injured Pro Bowl quarterback
to the Miami Dolphins today for a second-round draft pick in next
month’s NFL draft."

So goes to Miami for a mere second-round draft pick. is apparently going to come true. Adding insult to injury, the Fins pick after us in the second round, so we’re not even moving up in the draft: We have the 16th pick in the second round and the have the 19th.

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Daunte Culpepper Trade

The talk on the airwaves and the Web today is all about a potential trade. The team is trying agressively to move him. in his piece today: "I can assure you that there has not been a deal made as of right now…If there had been, we would be discussing it
right now, although I couldn’t go into any details…I am not ruling
out the fact that talks might be ongoing with several teams."

The speculation has been fomented by NFL Network’s ‘s piece on about , who talked about the issue on KFAN today.

Potential trading partners include the , , , Jets,
      , and the .

Another quote from Jenson’s article:

"But given Culpepper’s health status — he tore three of four ligaments
in his right knee Oct. 30 against the Carolina Panthers — the return on
a deal could be minimal for the Vikings. A league source said teams
would not part with a first-round pick and that a conditional pick was

And then later:

"Pat Kirwan, a senior analyst for and Sirius Radio, said because
of Culpepper’s uncertain physical status, any trade likely would
involve future conditional draft choices."

A conditional pick?!? Ugh.

The only thing I care about with the Culepepper deal is that we get value for the guy. We totally got screwed in the trade and I don’t want to see that happen again. I hope the new regime is savvy enough to either get a good deal (I’m thinking either a 1st round pick, two veterans, or a veteran and a second or third round pick is a good deal) this year, or hold onto the guy, let him get healthy, and trade him next year for real value.

If you can’t work a deal that returns real value, then pay is $6 million bonus, sit him and let him pout if that’s the way he’s gonna be, and then deal him next year when you can demonstrate he’s health enough to play.

Unless, that is, the Vikings know he won’t be healthy enough to play next year.

P.S. .

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The Culpepper Clash

Always tease, tease, tease…? Darling, you gotta let me know.

So, what to make of the conflicting signals being sent out from all sides of the situation?  First there’s Culpepper making waves about wanting more cash and not meeting face to face with . Then there are stories that the powers that be a Winter Park are offended at Culpepper’s attempts to negotiate for more money.

It starts to look like we’ve got a malcontent quarterback on our hands who’s forcing a trade which naturally elicits trade rumors that no one really quashes.

told me that he thought the were trying to prove to Culpepper that he’s overvalued himself by shopping the quarterback around and demonstrating that teams don’t think he’s worth a second-round pick. It’s a great argument that makes a lot of sense.

But then today there are reports of all these : ; the team sends head trainer Eric Sugarman to Orlando and he comes back ; and Culpepper himself says that owner .

Today’s news makes me think the Vikings are serious about trading Pepp and are either not getting the kinds of offers they think Culpepper is worth or realize they need to assuage concerns other teams have over the quarterback’s injuries and availability for next season.

My preference is for the Vikings to keep Culpepper, expect that he won’t play in 2006, give him that year to fully recover from his injuries and learn the in-depth, and find out if he’s going to work as a quarterback in that system.

If not, they can trade Culpepper then and get true value for him because even if he doesn’t eventually work out for us, he is an amazing athlete.

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Daunte Culpepper Trade

I literally woke up this morning with the words "Culpepper" and "trade" drifting into my ears. My radio alarm clock went off just as ‘s host Cathy Wurzer saying something about the shopping around.

Back when the rumors began to emerge that the Vikings were looking to trade , I refused to believe them. How, I reasoned, could you possibly get value for the guy? It turned out that I was wrong that the Vikes wouldn’t trade him but right that we wouldn’t get value. We didn’t. Not. At. All.

So, now with trade rumors swirling about Culpepper, I’m inclined to think the same thing: You can’t possibly get value for him. As I said in my post, Culpepper’s coming off major surgery and a year, when he was healthy, in which he played horribly. Who’s gonna give you much of anything at all for a player who may not ever recover from his injury?

The Star Tribune’s Kevin Seifert legitimized the rumors by at . That story was posted at at 9:56 this morning. At 2:33 p.m. today, Seifert saying Culpepper was unaware of any such plans for a trade, saying "Until I hear different from Mr. Wilf or the new ‘triangle of authority’ at the Vikings I plan on playing quarterback for Minnesota."

In Seifert’s initial story, he says the decision to shop Culpepper was "triggered when Culpepper demanded that his 2006 compensation be more than doubled" and later in the article reported that "Wilf angrily turned down Culpepper’s request."

That’s justification enough for the Vikings to shop Culpepper and for Wilf to be angry. Culpepper’s got no leverage to ask for that kind of compensation, especially after Wilf just gave him a raise at the begining of Culpepper’s horrid season last year. And Culpepper’s behavior has all the hallmarks of a player trying to force a trade.

The site says the Vikings are looking for a second round pick for Culpepper. That seems mighty meagre for a player who, despite his injuries, would’ve been the league MVP in 2004 were it not for .

If it’s true that that’s all the Vikings are asking for Culpepper, then I must conclude that the team is either not confident that the quarterback can recover from his injuries, or that the price tag for waiting for him to recover (and you gotta think the safe bet is 2007, not sometime next year) is too high. He’s due a $6 million bonus March 14, an $8 million salary for 2006, and he’ll probably be paid for sitting on the bench. That’s a completely unproductive $14 million.

Potential trading partners for the Vikings include the , the , the , the , and the .

Seifert says the Ravens could franchise and then trade him for Culpepper. If that happens, the Vikings, once again, will get screwed. Lewis is a smash mouth running back who won’t be well suited to Chidlress’ . An he’s an old 27 years old.

The Dolphins could let play another year and trade to the Vikings for Culpepper. The Dolphins already have and will no doubt be looking to deal the enigmatic Williams. I’d be far happier with that scenario. Despite the guy’s obvious flakiness, it’s clear he’s an explosive running back.

The Raiders? Screw ’em. They’ve already taken us to the once this decade and that’s enough. Besides, they don’t have anyone on their roster we’d really want, anyway. Except for . I’d do that.

The Jets have got to be crazy if they’re content going into the season having to rely on the fragile , whom they’re trying to get to take a pay cut. So they’re in the market for a quarterback but don’t you think they want one who they know will be able to play this year? They seem unlikely trade partners but let’s play along, anyway.

No one jumps out on the Jets roster as potential tade bait. Defensive End , maybe, but he’s never really lived up to expectations. The only player on the Jets that I’d consider would be Middle Linebacker , a two year pro who, , ran a 4.5 40 and has the skills to play cover in a zone defense. We need that cause is not long for the Vikings roster and I’d hate to have to rely on as our starting Mike. Still, a straight up trade? No way. There’d have to be a draft pick or two in there.

The Rams’ new head coach is, of course, former Viking offensive coordinator and Culpepper’s famously comfortable with the guy, so there’s presumably cozy feelings all around. The Rams actually have some players you could package together for a nice little deal. I’d take an and an –both aging linemen– and Safety for Culpepper. Or one of the linemen, Archuleta and a draft pick. That’d be fair.

I’m just afraid that if the Vikings do trade Culpepper, they won’t get anything for him. A second round pick? No way.

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