February 16, 2006

So Long, Daunte?

News Item: Vikings Put Culpepper On Trading Block After Denying Request For New Contract

Because if you can't get a raise after having the worst season of your career, suffering a catastrophic injury, and then getting indicted in connection with a sex scandal, then you never can. TO may be a prick, but at least he had a semi-defensible negotiating position.

It'll be a shame to see Daunte go, especially since I was expecting him to flourish in the post-Tice era. Brad Johnson's a decent stopgap for a year or two, but let's hope that if Daunte goes, the compensation will lead to the development of a quarterback of the future, either a player or through draft picks.

Posted by Stephen Silver at February 16, 2006 02:03 AM

It might work if they can trade Culpepper to some crappy team with a high enough draft pick to get either Young or Leinart. Johnson will be a solid performer for a year or two while the new guy learns the whole NFL thing. And Culpepper's talented enough to justify making the trade, from a Texan or Jet perspective.

Posted by: Gib at February 16, 2006 09:18 AM

Just like trading Moss got us a decent WR to develop... Oh wait it didn't.

Someone has got to be the new Cincinati Bengals.

Posted by: Jeff S at February 16, 2006 09:23 AM

The problem is that there is a very weak market for Culpepper right now.

The Vikings need to hang on to him until he can recover. A second round draft choice (which is about his market right now) is just not enough for a team that can afford to have him ride the pine for the two years of Johnson's contract.

A rash move here will end worse than the Moss trade. I just hope the triumverate is smarter than Tice and Red were.

Posted by: J. Lichty at February 16, 2006 02:17 PM
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