Culpepper On Open Market

The legacy of Daunte Culpepper in Miami joins the growing list of failures in the post-Dan Marino era as his 16-month relationship with the team ended with four games played and $8 million spent.

When the Vikings traded Daunte Culpepper to the Dolphins a year ago, many fans were shocked and stunned that all the team could get was a mid-second-round draft choice in exchange. A year later, that now looks like a bargain.

Culpepper, who played in four games and cost the Dolphins $8 million, was released Tuesday, as the team issued a one-sentence statement that merely said his contract was terminated. An arbitration hearing schedule for today was cancelled.

Culpepper, however, wasn't quite as concise. In a statement he released, he quoted religious leader Mohandas Gandhi, saying, "As I was going through this process, I heard a quote by Gandhi that best expresses my thoughts about this victory. He said, ‘First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.'"

Culpepper had restructured his deal so he would have cost the Dolphins $5.5 million this year had he remained with the team. As his own agent, Pepp is now open to negotiate with any team. The Jaguars and Packers are two teams being mentioned as front-runners for his services.

"Now that I have won my freedome and I get to choose my next team, I am just like many other people who have to go out and find employment so that I can take care of my family," Culpepper said in his statement. "I just hope that there is still a team or two out there that has an opportunity for a hard-working quarterback who is willing to come in and contribute wherever needed."

* The Vikings are expected to announce today that they have signed wide receiver Aundrae Allison to a four-year contract. VU reported the details of the contract language Tuesday, which includes about a $180,000 signing bonus.
* Brad Childress shot down rumors that the Vikings would trade for disgruntled Eagles backup Kelly Holcomb, asserting that Tarvaris Jackson and Brooks Bollinger will remain 1-2 on the depth chart for now.
* Early impressions are that the league might suspend Michael Vick, as much for lying to the commissioner about his involvement in dog-fighting as the nature of his indictment in the ordeal. Vick met with Goodell in April and denied any connection to the dog-fighting ring for which he was indicted Tuesday.

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