The Miami Dolphins have officially released Daunte Culpepper, this according to the team's official site. More on this as I hear it.
**UPDATE**: ProFootballTalk is also reporting this. However, there are still no details as to why this has now at this particular time. His grievance hearing was set for tomorrow, but that is now unlikely to take place.
Here are a few possible reasons for releasing Culpepper at this point in time:
1. Cam and Randy exhausted all possible trades and found possibilities and realized that, unless he was released, no team was interested in him.
2. Cam and Randy decided to simply move on and eliminate this distraction as we head towards training camp.
3. The team wants to use the little cap room that is saved on a free agent or a free agent-to-be. Maybe they have heard that the Jets are close to releasing Pete Kendall and want to have the extra cap room to act quickly and snatch him up.
4. The team wants to use the little cap relief provided to ensure they get all their rookies signed prior to when they have to report on Sunday.
**UPDATE**: Jeff Darlington, of the Miami Herald, believes he was cut due to a lack of interest in Culpepper in terms of a trade:
**UPDATE**: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel supplies us with an excerpt from an e-mail Culpepper sent out after hearing the good news:
Now that I have won my freedom and I get to choose my next team, I am just like many other people who have to go out and find employment so that I can take care of my family."
I was OK with this move up until I read that. I have to admit that it really pisses me off big time that Daunte sees this as a "win" in his book. Hey, Daunte, if maybe won more a little but more ON THE FIELD, you wouldn't have been in this situation in the first place.