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QB bidding grows intense

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Mar 10, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/14064242.htm">Miami Herald</a>

    By Jason Cole

    The NFL's quarterback merry-go-round appeared to hit the accelerator Thursday as free agency neared with Minnesota appearing to have a deal in place to trade Daunte Culpepper and San Diego's Drew Brees apparently closing in on a deal.

    But the question was whether the Dolphins were the destination for either former Pro Bowl player.

    A Minneapolis TV station reported Thursday night that the Dolphins are the likely destination for Culpepper. However, a source indicated that Oakland might be making the strong push for Culpepper.

    A high-ranking Dolphins source denied that Miami had worked out a deal for Culpepper, although he admitted that there had been extensive talks initiated by the Vikings.

    Minnesota has grown weary of Culpepper's offseason demands, such as asking for more money and, on Wednesday, asking for a trade or release. According to multiple reports, the Vikings decided Thursday to part company with Culpepper as soon as possible.

    The Vikings have also talked with Oakland, Baltimore and Arizona about Culpepper. NFL.com reported Thursday afternoon that a deal for Culpepper had been set, but didn't name the team and said Oakland was deciding whether to match the offer.

    As for Brees, an NFL source said New Orleans has stepped forward as the strongest contender for his services. The Saints, Dolphins and Detroit have reportedly been the strongest suitors to date, but the Saints have guaranteed more money than the other two teams.

    All three are still considered to be in the running, but the NFL source said the Saints appeared to be the strongest.

    ''From what I know right now, it's set where he's going, and it's not Miami,'' the source said.

    Where that leaves the Dolphins is in a potentially problematic situation. If they get neither Culpepper nor Brees, the Dolphins are expected to go after either Patrick Ramsey of Washington in a trade or approach Arizona's Josh McCown.

    Ramsey has visited the New York Jets, which has already made a trade offer to the Redskins and a contract offer to Ramsey. McCown has a number of teams interested in him.

    In the meantime, the Dolphins have not released quarterback Gus Frerotte, their starter from last season.

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