Ravens not expected to trade for Culpepper

OWINGS MILLS -- Daunte Culpepper may have griped his way off the Minnesota Vikings' roster with a reported impending trade, but his departure isn't expected to usher him onto the Baltimore Ravens' roster. In a report on the NFL's Web site, the Ravens were linked to the Vikings as a potential candidate for a trade along with these other quarterback-thin teams: the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions.

The report stated that the Vikings have struck a trade with an unnamed team that will be announced today before the free agent signing period begins, according to unnamed Vikings officials.

However, the Ravens haven't struck any such trade. Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome was attending an NFL competition committee meeting and wasn't available for comment.

A possible reunion with Randy Moss in Oakland is the most popular rumored scenario in NFL circles.

Culpepper's surgically repaired knee may delay his availability next season. He recently requested to either be traded or have his contract terminated in an e-mail he distributed to reporters, further alienating the Vikings' organization. Culpepper still faces sex charges stemming for his alleged actions in the so-called "Love Boat" scandal.

Culpepper, 29, passed for 4,717 yards and 39 touchdowns in 2004, but slumped to six touchdowns and 12 interceptions in seven games last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

NOTE: The Cleveland Browns are expected to make a major pitch for linebacker Bart Scott when free agency begins Saturday. ... The Miami Dolphins are expected to be a contender for nose guard Maake Kemoeatu's services. In addition to being a longtime contributor to Ravens Insider, Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster MD.

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