Culpepper and Dolphins at odds
"They wouldn't let me work so I left the field," Culpepper said minutes ago. "I was told I couldn't work."
The Dolphins informed Culpepper he would not be allowed to practice in team drills. They also made it clear to him -- during an announcement in front of the whole team, in fact -- that he would not be with the team this season.
Culpepper has come to terms with this.
"I'm going to handle myself in a first-class manner and do my work to continue getting better physically," Culpepper said.
The Dolphins are intent on trading Culpepper so they can get something for their one-year investment in the quarterback. Culpepper is intent on being released so he can pick which team he will go to.
"I definitely expect to be released. I will not be traded," Culpepper said. "I will not agree to any trade. If I'm traded, my contact has to be restructured. And I'm not going to restructure."
The way Culpepper can stand in the way of a trade is by refusing to restructure his contract. That refusal makes a trade practically impossible because no team is likely to take on Culpepper's current contract and that's exactly what has to happen unless Culpepper agrees to restructure.
"That isn't going to happen," Culpepper said. "All I can say is any team interested in my services, sit tight, because I'm not going to agree to a trade."
And he's right. Nobody will pay him $5.5 million this year when he's unlikely to be the starter -- unless, of course, Al Davis is having a geriatric moment and makes that move.
So it will be interesting to see who blinks first -- the Dolphins by releasing Culpepper or the player by agreeing to a restructure with whatever team might be interested in him.