Culpepper's Comments

Here is what Daunte Culpepper had to say after walking off the field in the middle of practice Friday morning.

On why he walked off the field: "I was told this morning in front of whole team at a team meeting that I won't be here, and I wasn't able to really participate in anything in practice today; when I was told that, I thought I would be able at least to do some one-on-one because I said before I was going to come here, like I said, test my knee out, get a good feel of how I feel and felt great. And that's that situation. Once I was told that I couldn't participate in any one-on-one or anything besides individual or my rehab, I came in, just got in the weight room and worked out."

On how strange it was: "It's a little strange in the sense that I can't really compete with anybody and I was told I would be able to compete. Now, I can't and that's the only thing strange about it. But I understand it's a business, and that's where it's at right now."

On whether he expects to be released or traded: "I definitely expect to be released. I will not be traded."

On why he said that: "Because I will not agree to any trade. If I'm traded for, ultimately my contract has to be restructured and I won't restructure."

On his feelings walking across the field: "Just I've got to go get some work in the weight room. When everything happens like that, I feel like I'm always going to take the high road. I'm always going to do what's positive, what I've got to do. And I understand totally what's going, so I felt instead of wasting my time out there watching practice I came in and got in the weight room and got a little bit stronger."

On whether someone told him he wasn't going to get any reps: "I was told right before the one-on-ones that I wasn't getting any reps, by my quarterback coach, which was a message from somebody above him."

On how he feels about the way the team has treated him: "I mean, they're going to do what's best for them — what, in their opinion, is best for them — so obviously I'm going to do what, in my opinion, is best for me. Now I'm going to work out. Every day I'm here I'm going to come and work out. I'm going to continue to get myself healthier and continue to get better physically the best way I can, and I'm going to do that as long as I'm under contract here."

On not being angry: "Like I said, I understand that's how this business goes. But the main thing is, I know I've got a lot of football left in me and when the day comes I'm released I'm going to sit down and have some conversations I've always had with different clubs. At this point, like I said, it doesn't really matter right now. All I'm worried about is the day I'm released and then I'm going to go ahead and do what I've got to do."

On whether anybody has tried to change his mind: "Nobody is trying to change my mind. About what?"

About agreeing to a trade: "My mind is not going to be changed. I'm not going to agree to a trade."

On talking to Trent Green: "The first time I actually saw him and spoke to him was at the team meeting when I sat behind him today. So we really haven't had a chance to really talk."

On practice being awkward: "Not awkward at all. I mean, I understand the way this business is. I understand it, fully. So I've got to do what I have to do still and I still have to be positive and continue to get myself healthier and healthier for whoever I'm with next."

On things being tough being his own agent: "Not really. At this point, until pretty much maybe Tuesday when I was told I wasn't going to be given a chance to compete here, I've just been a player doing what I've got to do. I really haven't had to change my contract at all. So as far as that goes, I've just been a player, and that's what I've been doing, just continuing to get myself better."

On Daunte the agent being more important right now than Daunte the player: "In a sense. You've got to remember, the most important thing is for me to get healthy, too. I'm going to be in communication with different clubs whenever and I'm going to continue to be in communication with them, but at the same time I've got to continue to get myself healthy. I'm handling everything, I feel, very fine, very smoothly and I'm going to continue to do that."

On whether there's any way he can block a trade if a team is willing to take on his contract as is: "No, in that sense I can't. But ..."

On how he feels physically: "Like I said, I felt good. I got to drop back a little bit, run around a little bit. Like I said, I did what I wanted. I wanted to test it. I actually wanted to get some reps and just get some throwing in, but I can throw anytime. But at the same time, I felt good."

On whether he's able to separate the emotion from the business side of it: "Absolutely. This has nothing to do with emotions. It's all about me getting myself ready for what's next. Emotionally, I understand totally. So I'm not wavering one way or the other emotionally. I think the only thing, like I said in my statement, that was disappointing is I was told it would be a fair shot (and it wasn't) . That's how it goes."

On what his message is to other teams about Daunte Culpepper: "Well, all I'm going to say is any other team interested in my services, just sit tight because I'm not going to agree to a trade and we can talk from there to anybody."

On not practicing anymore: "No, I'm done with on-the-field stuff. I tested my knee, I did what I wanted to do. I've still got a ways to go, that's why I'm going to continue to physically rehab my knee and physically continue to get myself in the best shape I can possible."

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