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Thread: MERGED:Shedding some light on Brees - Culpepper\Brees failed physical

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    MERGED:Shedding some light on Brees - Culpepper\Brees failed physical

    Here is an excerpt from a Pasquarelli article on ESPN insider. It details the Brees/Culpepper events. Some have been speculating that Brees turned us down or that we "settled" for Culpepper. Neither seem to be accurate, any thoughts?

    Enough of the disingenuous rhetoric, please, about how Drew Brees signed with New Orleans because he felt at home with the Saints and was comfortable with the program that they are trying to rebuild. The fact is, Brees was left on Tuesday morning with nowhere else to go after he essentially failed the very rigorous physical examination the Miami Dolphins administered to him the previous day. Physical exams in the NFL are very subjective things, and the Miami medical staff felt that Brees' surgically repaired shoulder, although improving, wasn't quite far enough along for the financial exposure the Dolphins would have had if they had agreed to sign the former San Diego starter.


    So, on Monday evening, with the medical evaluations in hand, the Dolphins, after determining that Brees and agent Tom Condon wouldn't reduce the contractual liability, turned their attentions back to acquiring quarterback Daunte Culpepper in a trade. Then, very early Tuesday morning -- reliable sources told ESPN.com -- Dolphins coach Nick Saban apprised Condon that Miami was out of the bidding for Brees. In fairness to Brees, Saban told Condon, the Dolphins would stay quiet about the results of the physical exam and the pending trade for Culpepper for a few hours. That would provide Condon and Brees, who had no negotiating leverage remaining with the Dolphins suddenly out of the picture, some time to complete the six-year, $60 million deal with Saints officials. In the end, the Dolphins simply thought Culpepper had a better chance of being on the field for training camp than Brees did.

    "We're talking the quarterback position, right?" one Miami source said. "So what would you rather have, a guy coming off knee surgery or off shoulder surgery? You don't throw with your knee."


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    You don't throw w/ your knee but you do need your legs to throw. Both are damaged goods at this point, Miami made the right call if they were scared by Bree's shoulder but you can't act like daunte is 100% ok and that his injury will not affect him.
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    Great post, thanks for the info. Dispells some rumors that go around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyjunc
    You don't throw w/ your knee but you do need your legs to throw. Both are damaged goods at this point, Miami made the right call if they were scared by Bree's shoulder but you can't act like daunte is 100% ok and that his injury will not affect him.
    Right, and the Jets will be the AFCE champs this year? Just playin with ya. But yes, we all know that there are risks associated with anyone coming off of an injury. Still, we can be confident he will recover just fine.
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    Wow, so that's why the Saints are mad, Saban didn't share the medical exam with them. HAHA, that's kinda of dirty to them, but kinda of cool to Condon, so you can love or hate Saban depending on your position. Maybe Saban would rather have an agent 'owe him one'?
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    Exactly... Brees knows deep down he is not going to be able to start this season, and maybe he won't be as effective as he once was - Ala Pennington... He had to get the payday, because they may be few and far between. I hope he comes back strong, because I like Brees. I saw him play in Washington last year, and I was impressed with him. I just kind of see his better days behind him, but Culpepper's are about to come!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmiamifan
    Wow, so that's why the Saints are mad, Saban didn't share the medical exam with them. HAHA, that's kinda of dirty to them, but kinda of cool to Condon, so you can love or hate Saban depending on your position. Maybe Saban would rather have an agent 'owe him one'?
    I don't think it's dirty. It was our exam, we don't have to share that info. Unless the Saints want to pay for it...

    And Saban's heads up to Cordon was classy... He didn't do it through the media, he called him.

    This entire event was not dirty in my opinion. It's a sports business. And Saban was as up front as he could be. You don't give your competition any sort of advantage whether it's on the field, the draft, or free-agency...
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    Very cool report!!!
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