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Culpepper still in Vikings’ plans

I’m not sure why, but the Minnesota Vikings plan to keep Daunte Culpepper around for a while.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf told reporters Saturday at the NFL scouting combine that the team planned to pay Culpepper a $6 million roster bonus he is scheduled to receive March 17, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press both reported.

When he was asked if Culpepper figures in the team’s 2006 plans, Wilf said “That is our plan, yes. Always was.”

The best thing that happened to the Vikings last season was Culpepper’s injury. He was dreadful in the first seven games, passing for only six touchdowns against 12 interceptions. What’s worse, the team got off to a 2-5 start under his guidance. It seemed like he really missed the presence of Randy Moss, who left in the team in the offseason. Brad Johnson took Culpepper’s place and led the team to a 7-2 record down the stretch.

I suspect the Vikings are going to regret not moving Culpepper this offseason. He’s not a very accurate passer and would probably do better in Arizona or Oakland where he can just throw the ball up and let talented receivers like Moss and Larry Fitzgerald go up and get it.

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