There is some speculation that the Baltimore Ravens will slap the franchise tag on free agent RB Jamal Lewis and trading him to Minnesota for Culpepper. Minnesota owes Culpepper a $6 million bonus on March 16, 2006, and will make $8 million in 2006.
The Star Tribune also reports the Vikings turned down Culpepper's request for a $10 million raise, not surprising coming off a weak start to the 2005 season, ended by a major knee injury. The fact that Culpepper would even ask for a raise under those circumstances does make one wonder if that was his way of requesting out of Minnesota. It has also been reported that the asking price for Culpepper may be as low as a second-round draft pick.
Daunte Culpepper 2004-2005 Stats
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