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  • 05:20 PM ET  07.17

Now that the Dolphins have officially released Daunte Culpepper, don't expect a flood of interest around the NFL.

 

Culpepper wasn't considered valuable enough to garner any compensation for Miami, which tried to trade the veteran quarterback. And so far, only one team, Jacksonville, has openly discussed acquiring him.

 

Whether you like Culpepper as a quarterback or not, you have to admit he'd be a problematic addition to most teams. Having a quarterback with that kind of accomplished  resume as a backup can't be good for the starter's psyche. And based on this offseason, Culpepper seems like the kind of second stringer who would speak out if he didn't get on the field.


Teams will also carefully consider Culpepper's health. The Dolphins thought he was healthier than Drew Brees last offseason when they made what many consider one of the worst choices in recent NFL history by signing Culpepper over the eventual NFL co-MVP. Culpepper still hasn't proved he'll ever be the same quarterback he was before suffering three torn ligaments in his right knee in 2005.

 

The other major question is Culpepper's lack of success without Randy Moss. Culpepper followed in the footsteps of Vikings quarterbacks Randall Cunningham and Jeff George in an unstoppable Vikings attack earlier this decade. Once Moss left Minnesota, the offense crumbled, raising doubts about who had the real talent.

 

The Jags have to be a strong favorite to sign Culpepper, who would be reunited with offensive coordinator Mike Tice. And despite statements to the contrary, head coach Jack Del Rio doesn't appear to be fully content with either Byron Leftwich or David Garrard.

 

Most of the other teams that seem like fits for Culpepper may shy off because of the reasons listed above. Then again, I would imagine some of you out there disagree. I'm curious if any Vikings, Browns, Packer or Patriots fans expect their teams to make a run at the veteran quarterback. 

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