Dolphins tell Culpepper they're 'going in a different direction'

DAVIE, Fla. -- Quarterback Trent Green is finally with the
Miami Dolphins in South Florida, where Daunte Culpepper's time is
running out.

Green passed his physical with the Dolphins on Wednesday,
completing a deal in which Miami acquired him from the Kansas City
Chiefs for a fifth-round draft pick in 2008. Green's agent, Jim
Steiner, said the Chiefs may get a fourth-rounder instead,
depending on how Green fares in Miami this season.

The team scheduled a news conference Wednesday afternoon to
announce the deal. It's expected that Green will be on the
Dolphins' practice field Friday when the team opens a three-day

"I think everybody knows what this defense has done here ... "
Green said. "It's time for the offense to catch up."

He'll immediately be penciled in as the starter in Miami, which
went 6-10 last season and missed the playoffs for the fifth
straight year.

Like Green, Culpepper wants to be there for minicamp, too -- but
that's hardly a sure thing. A few hours before the Green trade
became official, the Dolphins told Culpepper they "are going in a
different direction at the QB position," according to Culpepper,
who is resisting that plan.

"They would like to trade me in order to 'get something for
me,"' Culpepper, who is his own agent, wrote in an e-mail after
meeting with Miami general manager Randy Mueller and first-year
coach Cam Cameron. "However, it is my position that I have already
been down that road and I am not interested in being traded."

He may not have a choice.

Culpepper is due to make $5.5 million this season, played in
only four games a year ago because of right knee problems and is
still trying to recover from major surgery on that joint in 2005.
He'd been largely a spectator for most Miami offseason practices so
far, but received clearance from orthopedic surgeon Dr. James
Andrews and members of the Dolphins' medical staff to resume
football activity earlier this week.

"They have told me throughout the offseason that I am under
contract to the Dolphins," Culpepper wrote. "Therefore, it will
be up to them to either keep me under contract or release me. In
the meantime I will continue to work out at the facility with the
team and prepare myself for training camp, wherever it may be."

Cameron confirmed that the meeting took place, but didn't
elaborate on what Green's acquisition means in the immediate sense
for Culpepper's future.

"Randy and I are still working through some things," Cameron
said. "By Friday we can probably lend a little more light on that
subject. But today is about Trent Green."

In 5 seasons as Kansas City's starter, Green threw for 21,459
yards -- an average of 244 per game -- and 118 touchdowns while
completing 62 percent of his passes. He missed eight games last
season because of a concussion suffered in the season opener, and
didn't believe he would have a chance to compete fairly with Brodie
Croyle and Damon Huard for the Chiefs starting job in 2007.

"They wanted to get younger," Green said. "I understand

So he wanted a trade and worked out a new contract several weeks
ago with the Dolphins, who traded for Culpepper before the 2006
season. Culpepper, though, was hobbled in his four-game on-field
stint, getting sacked 21 times before Miami shut him down for the
remainder of the year.

"My position on Trent is that the Dolphins should get the best
players that they can and let them compete for the starting job,"
said Culpepper, who tore three knee ligaments while playing for the
Minnesota Vikings in 2005 -- but was still traded to Miami for a
second-round pick a few months later.

The Dolphins clearly never intended to keep both Green and
Culpepper. The team recently re-signed backup Cleo Lemon to a
one-year deal, and chose Brigham Young quarterback John Beck in the
second round of this year's draft after passing on a chance to take
Notre Dame's Brady Quinn with the ninth overall pick -- which the
Dolphins used on receiver-returner Ted Ginn Jr. of Ohio State.

Green would have made $7.2 million this season with the Chiefs.
The Dolphins offered the Chiefs a sixth-round pick long before
April's draft, but Kansas City reportedly insisted on a
fourth-round selection.

"Trent has been a major contributor to the Kansas City Chiefs
these past six years," Chiefs President Carl Peterson said. "We
wish Trent and his family much success in Miami."

Green and Cameron have a long relationship. Both are former
Indiana quarterbacks, and Cameron was Washington Redskins
quarterbacks coach when Green was a third-stringer there in 1995
and 1996.

"The excitement for us has been building for some time, to get
back together," Green said.