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    The Culpepper Trade and the Quarterback Carousel

    Good article here on what the Culpepper trade and the Brees signing do to the quarterback situation in the NFL. Basically the relevant parts amount to the fact that the Saints are trading out of #2, probably to the Jets who are really high on Leinart. The Saints will then go after the best defensive player in the draft. The part about the Vikes says that this just fulfills Childress's wish that Brad is the starter because he thinks he gives the Vikes the best chance to win instead of Pep.

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    Brees, Culpepper moves greatly impact offseason

    Don Banks- Inside the NFL

    With two bold-headline moves on Tuesday, suddenly there's clarity where there was once only confusion on the NFL's quarterback carousel. The result was a ripple effect that was felt as far away as San Diego is from Miami.

    Two quarterbacks, both with health issues, have new homes. Now, in the wake of Daunte Culpepper's trade to Miami for a reported second-round draft pick and Drew Brees' whirlwind courtship and commitment to the Saints, here's what we now know:

    • Brees, the quarterback with a chip on his injured shoulder, found the one team in the NFL with a chip on its shoulder: the Saints, who played through their own version of both hell and high water in 2005.

    Brees looked like he'd be a Dolphin, exchanging balmy San Diego for Miami's tropical climes. But the Dolphins apparently had some reservations about his price tag ($10 million per year for six years) and the state of his injured throwing shoulder and opted out of the bidding with a Saints team that knew it had to overpay to win this auction.

    Maybe now Brees has found a front office and a franchise willing "to lay its butt on the line' for him in a way Chargers decision-makers were never willing to do. But with the Dolphins poised on the cusp of the playoffs and the Saints in a rebuilding program that mirrors their flood-ravaged community, only time will tell if Brees won this particular battle but might have lost the war.

    • Culpepper now has the fresh start he desperately needed, and it's on him to do something with it. Can he be the Culpepper of 2004, when Peyton Manning was all that stood between him and the league MVP award? Or did Culpepper lose something that can never be regained amidst all the turmoil and controversy of '05 and early '06?

    If he can, the Dolphins will field their best quarterback since Dan Marino took it to the house after the 1999 season. If he can't, missing out on Brees and paying a second-rounder for Culpepper is going to hurt Miami far worse than giving up a No. 2 for Eagles reserve quarterback A.J. Feeley two years ago.

    This much Culpepper has going for him in South Florida: He has a well-coached Dolphins team around him that is ready to make some noise in the Patriots-dominated AFC East, and he has a talented and creative offensive coordinator to work with in Mike Mularkey. Culpepper's greatest success in Minnesota came under the firm play-calling of Scott Linehan, but he floundered last season when Mike Tice and Steve Loney handled the Vikings' offense. He needs direction to thrive.

    We can forget about seeing USC quarterback and former Heisman winner Matt Leinart in a Saints uniform. New Orleans' No. 2 pick in April's draft is unofficially on the market. The smart money says the New York Jets -- who covet Leinart and have the No. 4 pick -- will come after it, perhaps offering unwanted defensive end John Abraham as part of a package.

    If Leinart is taken at No. 2 by the Jets, the Saints might find themselves at No. 4, staring at the prospect of selecting the draft's best defensive player, defensive end Mario Williams of North Carolina State. With or without Abraham, New Orleans would have itself a superb replacement for departed free agent Darren Howard, who signed with Philadelphia.

    I'm guessing if you're new Saints head coach Sean Payton, Brees and Williams sounds a lot better than just Leinart, who will need time to develop.

    • Minnesota is Brad Johnson's team for the foreseeable future. I think the Vikings got lucky in getting a second-round pick for Culpepper, whose market value didn't look promising after Oakland withdrew from the bidding. But Minnesota's real stroke of fortune was signing Johnson last offseason, when he was among a number of veteran quarterbacks looking for work as a backup.

    Johnson won his first six starts in Culpepper's absence and went 7-2 overall, nearly guiding the Vikings into the playoffs after their wretched 2-5 start. New Minnesota head coach Brad Childress has believed all along that it is Johnson -- who's familiar with his version of the West Coast offense -- and not Culpepper who gives the Vikings their best chance to win in '06.

    Look for Minnesota to try to identify its quarterback of the future in the second or third round of this year's draft. Alabama's Brodie Croyle or Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst are two names the Vikings will be studying. But for now, Johnson, who'll turn 38 in September, has one more chance to write himself another late-career success story.
    • San Diego, the franchise that gave us Ryan Leaf, has made another huge gamble. It's now Philip Rivers' team, his town and his time. With Brees gone, Rivers will be under the microscope as he attempts to replace the starter who led the Chargers to a combined 21 wins and an AFC West title the past two years.

    If Chargers general manager A.J. Smith is correct about Rivers, the furor over Brees' departure will be forgotten. But if Brees goes on to great things as a Saint and Rivers struggles, Smith's gamble will likely cost him his job. And Leaf's flop won't stand all alone among his first-round failures.

    • Gus Frerotte may have won his last six games as the Dolphins' starter, but it's probably one and done for him in Miami. Culpepper's arrival almost certainly means Frerotte's departure from South Florida. (The two played together in Minnesota in 2003-04.) It's a tough business, Gus. But you know that. And look on the bright side: We hear San Diego is in the market for a veteran backup.

    • And finally, what do we make of Aaron Brooks' tenure in New Orleans, which will now come to its predictable denouement with Brees on his way to town? All that promise. And sometimes all that production. But always, always, always, the inconsistency. And the mental errors that at times defied belief.

    Brooks still has a place in the NFL. But until he refines his game and levels out his performance, he's going to be somebody's backup plan, waiting for a second chance and his next opportunity to get it right.

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    Re: The Culpepper Trade and the Quarterback Carousel

    No takers?

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    Re: The Culpepper Trade and the Quarterback Carousel

    I am all "Pepped" out.

    Sorry. :wink:

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    Re: The Culpepper Trade and the Quarterback Carousel

    Looks like Ziggy and crew are just getting rid of the bad apples. The Vikings are starting to get away from being called the Raiders of the North.

    The rigors of Spartan life. Leonidas is cast out into the wild, and survives the harsh winter to return to his home, when he is crowned King ....a Viking!


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