Just days after saying he wanted to stay with the Miami Dolphins, Daunte Culpepper has conceded the obvious. Miami's acquisition of Trent Green from Kansas City has made Culpepper, his uncertain knee and his $5.5 million salary about as welcome in Miami as a month of rain during tourist season.
Culpepper could be released as soon as today to avoid any chance of injury and the Dolphins being on the hook for a chunk of cash. While the Ravens have been mentioned as a possibility for Culpepper, Atlanta keeps coming up primarily because of Michael Vick's uneasy situation. If Vick winds up in legal trouble because of the Virginia dogfighting mess, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be pressed to slam him hard with a suspension.
But the Vick situation could be a drawn-out process and when you look at teams currently faced with uncertainty at quarterback -- and who might give Culpepper a chance to start -- I find Oakland intriguing. Of course, the Raiders' No. 1 draft pick, Jamarcus Russell, will start sooner or later. But the veteran safety net in Oakland at the moment is Andrew Walter (3 TD passes, 13 interceptions in '06). If the Raiders choose to bring in Culpepper, they could justify paying him near starter money in what will be a hybrid role as interim starter/veteran insurance policy.