Dolphins find new starting QB

The Dolphins' quarterback search may have finally come to an end today when the team traded a second-round draft pick to Minnesota in exchange for Daunte Culpepper.

After meeting with Drew Brees for the last few days, the Dolphins were assumed to have been most interested in signing the San Diego free agent. Instead, the team went with Culpepper.

Culpepper had been talking with the team for the past week or so about his desire to leave Minnesota and his willingness to fit his contract in with Miami's salary cap structure. Of particular concern, though, is Culpepper's knee, in which he tore three ligaments last season. His rehab, according to Culpepper, has been going well and he is ahead of the expected recovery time of 12 months.

Culpepper had by far his worst year last year when he threw only six touchdowns and 12 interceptions, in addition to the major knee injury. But, Culpepper has been a three-time Pro Bowl selection and had a quarterback rating of 110.9 in 2004 while throwing for an impressive 39 touchdowns. The 6-4, 250-pound QB is known for his strong arm, great deep ball and good running ability.

Culpepper, a Florida native, still has to pass a physical before the trade can become official.

Brees was believed to have signed with the New Orleans Saints shortly after the Culpepper deal was announced.


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