Daunte Deal Next?

Now that the Trent Green deal has been consummated, the attention shifts for now to Daunte Culpepper, the man who was brought in only last offseason to answer the Dolphins' problems at quarterback. And Culpepper indicated on Wednesday that the Dolphins' plans for him are to try to trade him.

Culpepper told reporters in an e-mail he had met with Coach Cam Cameron and GM Randy Mueller on Wednesday and was told he no longer fit into the team's plans, and there would be efforts made to trade him.

But based on Culpepper's comments, the Dolphins can't forget about Culpepper agreeing to restructure his contract to facilitate a deal.

Culpepper said he intends to fulfill his contract with the Dolphins unless they cut him.

Because it's already June, there aren't many teams with a pressing need at quarterback who could be looking at dealing for Culpepper.

One team that could be in need is Atlanta depending on how the Michael Vick/dog fighting situation plays out. And it certainly would be ironic to see Culpepper traded to the Falcons, because they signed Joey Harrington in the offseason to back up Vick.

The Falcons might decide, though, that Harrington isn't a No. 1 quarterback and they need to be better prepared in case Vick winds up getting suspended.

Culpepper's base salary for 2007 is $5.5 million, followed by figures of $6 million, $6 million, $7 million, $8 million, $9 million and $10 million over the last six years of his current deal.

That, plus uncertainty about his ability to bounce back from his knee injury, makes Culpepper difficult to deal.

The possibility certainly exists that the Dolphins will simply release Culpepper after one season with the team.

It sure will be interesting to see whether Culpepper is at practice this weekend when the Dolphins conduct their last minicamp of the offseason.

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