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Miami may lose Brees as option

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/14072407.htm">Miami Herald</a>

    BY ARMANDO SALGUERO

    Quarterback Drew Brees is scheduled to travel from Birmingham, Ala., to New Orleans today, and the closer Brees gets to his destination, the farther he will be from a possible free agent contract with the Dolphins.

    As free agency officially began at midnight Saturday, Brees set his sights on spending the weekend visiting with New Orleans officials, and the chances of him leaving the Big Easy without signing a lucrative contract are small, according to an NFL source.

    ''We've already got things lined up and we'll be rocking and rolling the minute the clock strikes midnight,'' Brees said Friday from Birmingham, where he is rehabilitating from right shoulder surgery.

    Brees declined to eliminate the Dolphins or any team from his list of possibilities but said he was, ``focused on what's happening the next couple of days.''

    That leaves the Dolphins working on a trade for Minnesota quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who wants to leave Minnesota and play for Miami.

    The Dolphins, eager to upgrade the quarterback spot this offseason, must land Culpepper or face the prospect of chasing either a rookie draftee or a less accomplished player such as Washington's Patrick Ramsey or Arizona's Josh McCown.

    McCown is starting free agency with a trip to Detroit followed by a stop in New Orleans should Brees and the Saints not agree on a deal.

    Ramsey, who has permission to work out a trade from the Washington Redskins, has already visited the New York Jets and could be Miami's fallback if the Culpepper deal does not hold up.

    It is impossible to know if the talks between the Vikings and Dolphins bore fruit as both teams shut down the flow of information in recent days. A trade, even if complete, could not be announced until today at the earliest because no trades could be made until the new league year began after midnight.

    Any trade for Culpepper would have to include a detailed medical examination of the quarterback who suffered a severe knee injury that required reconstructive surgery. Culpepper's status for the 2006 season is uncertain.
     

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