Culpepper shopped to Baltimore


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Jan 22, 2006
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Culpepper shopped to Baltimore
Kevin Seifert, Star Tribune
The Baltimore Ravens apparently were among the teams the Vikings contacted last week in an effort to gauge the trade value of quarterback Daunte Culpepper, but no deal with the Ravens or any other team appears imminent.

Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome told the [Baltimore] Sun on Monday that "we're interested in any matter that will make our football team better." Newsome said there have been no negotiations "officially" but did not rule out the possibility that the issue could be revisited. Along with the Ravens, other teams expected to shop for quarterbacks this offseason include Oakland, Miami and the N.Y. Jets.

The Miami Herald reported Monday night that the Dolphins have spoken to the Vikings and are interested in him.

No trade can be finalized until the new NFL year begins March 3, but negotiations and a verbal agreement could occur any time. The Vikings presumably would like to resolve the issue before their scheduled $6 million bonus payout to Culpepper next month.

A person with knowledge of the situation said last week the Vikings had begun shopping Culpepper, who is recovering from three torn ligaments in his right knee. The website has reported that the Vikings were seeking a second-round draft pick, but indications are that they are pushing for additional compensation.

Meanwhile, the Vikings haven't tipped their hand on several key issues to be resolved before free agency starts. They're not believed to have held substantive discussions with either of their key free agents, receiver Koren Robinson and cornerback Brian Williams, and it is unclear whether they will use their franchise or transition tags on either player.

The deadline to designate franchise or transition players is Thursday. They probably can avoid the issue with Robinson, with whom they hold a contractual right of first refusal, but it's not out of the question that they could use it on Williams.

The franchise tag for cornerbacks is $5.893 million, while the transition figure is $4.774 million.

Brees likely free agent

The Chargers are primed to let quarterback Drew Brees test free agency. San Diego General Manager A. J. Smith said the team has declined to designate Brees as its franchise or transition player.

Bears hire Byrd

Chicago hired former Pro Bowl cornerback Gill Byrd as defensive quality control coach and promoted Lloyd Lee to defensive assistant.

Jets name assistants

Bryan Cox was hired as the Jets assistant defensive line coach. Other assistants named include: Brian Schottenheimer, who will serve as offensive coordinator, and Bob Sutton was promoted from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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