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The Dolphins and Daunte Culpepper will have an arbitration hearing June 29 in hopes of resolving the quarterback's status with the team.

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance on Culpepper's behalf on Tuesday, claiming the Dolphins breached the quarterback's contract by not allowing him to participate in team drills during this past weekend's three-day minicamp, and thus not allowing him to compete for a job.

Dolphins officials, who have kept quiet about Culpepper, declined comment on the hearing that will take place at New York.

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DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -The Miami Dolphins terminated the contract of defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson on Monday, after trying unsuccessfully to trade the 14-year veteran.

The Dolphins agreed to ship Wilkinson to Denver on March 2 for a sixth-round draft pick, but he failed to report to the Broncos for a physical and the deal was voided. He was not with the Dolphins for their offseason workouts, either.

Wilkinson was selected by Cincinnati with the first overall selection in the 1994 draft out of Ohio State. He has played for the Bengals (1994-97), Washington (1998-2002) and Detroit (2003-05). He appeared in 10 games as a backup last season.

Wilkinson, who has 54 1/2 career sacks, was owed $4.5 million over the final two years of his deal with Miami.


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LONDON (AP) -The Miami Dolphins' decision to play in Europe this season cost them one of their eight home games.

That's not a problem for Dolphins coach Cam Cameron. There's always the playoffs.

``If we play the way we're capable, you can gain added home games at the end of the season,'' he said Tuesday in London, where the Dolphins take on the New York Giants on Oct. 28. ``That's our challenge.''

The game at the rebuilt Wembley Stadium - the traditional home of England's national soccer team - will be the first regular-season NFL game played outside North America.

``We want to get more people to know about American football,'' Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga said, adding that several thousand fans from Miami are expected to make the trip to watch the ``home'' game.

``Which is good and bad,'' Huizenga said. ``We want to save as many tickets as possible for the U.K. people to come see the game, but yet we can't say no to our own fans as well.''

Jason Taylor, an All-Pro defensive end, also made the trip to London. He's already getting a taste of the jet lag that will be awaiting the team when it arrives in October.

``It'll be a little bit of a, I don't want to say inconvenience, but it'll be a little different from the normal regiment,'' Taylor said. ``I mean at this point we can't change it anyway, so there's no sense complaining about it.

``As we sit here I'm tired.''

Cameron said the team is expecting to leave Miami on the Thursday night before the game, and arrive in London on Friday morning to give them time to acclimate.

When the Dolphins do land in London, it will likely be with Trent Green as the starting quarterback.

The Dolphins acquired the former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback two weeks ago to replace Daunte Culpepper, who has said he wants out of his contract.

Culpepper, acquired by Miami before the 2006 season, is still rehabbing from a serious knee injury in 2005. He started at quarterback for the first four games last season, but was then sidelined because of the ongoing knee problems.

The Dolphins are trying to trade him, but Culpepper, who acts as his own agent, wants to go wherever he wants.

``Right now we're in negotiations and to comment any further than that really can compromise those,'' Cameron said. ``We'll have to more say about that as this thing comes to a close.''

Huizenga said there have been a couple of teams interested in Culpepper.

``How far that's gone I really don't know,'' Huizenga said. ``We'll figure out what to do with Daunte. He's a good guy and we want to treat him right.''

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance last week on Culpepper's behalf. That is set to be heard on June 29.

Both Cameron and Huizenga also denied that Culpepper was told to leave the practice field last week.

``No player would be asked to leave the practice field if it didn't come from my direction,'' Cameron said. ``At no time was anyone told to leave the field.''

Huizenga said Culpepper walked off on his own because he was just standing there in the hot sun.

``He said, 'If I'm not going to be playing, I would just as soon go into the exercise room and work out my rehab leg,''' Huizenga said. ``That's fine. That's a good reason.''

Taylor said the Culpepper saga wouldn't affect the team.

``We kind of separate ourselves from it,'' Taylor said. ``It's a business. He's dealing with the business side of it right now.''


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DEF - MIA - Dolphins DE Taylor Nearly Quit Football

Source: Harvey Fialkov, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

In this week's Sports Illustrated, Miami DE Jason Taylor admits that he nearly quit football in order to save his marriage. His wife, Katina, filed for divorce twice last year although she pulled the papers back both times. "It's ironic that he had his greatest season after talking about quitting just before it started," Katina Taylor told S.I. "He told me he was willing to give up his sport for his family, to get things straightened out. My response was that quitting football wouldn't be the answer." Taylor went on to have a career year and earned Defensive Player of The Year honors.

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MIA - DE Taylor Questioning QB Green's Health

Source: Harvey Fialkov, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Dolphins DE Jason Taylor, reigning NFL defensive player of the year, is quoted in this week's Sports Illustrated as saying he doesn't have confidence in QB Trent Green's ability to take a hit after missing eight games last season from a serious concussion. Taylor is quoted as saying about Green: "This is off the record?oh, what the hell, it's on the record: He'd better not get hit. One big hit, and he could be scrambled eggs."

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MIA - DE Taylor Questioning QB Green's Health

Source: Harvey Fialkov, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Dolphins DE Jason Taylor, reigning NFL defensive player of the year, is quoted in this week's Sports Illustrated as saying he doesn't have confidence in QB Trent Green's ability to take a hit after missing eight games last season from a serious concussion. Taylor is quoted as saying about Green: "This is off the record?oh, what the hell, it's on the record: He'd better not get hit. One big hit, and he could be scrambled eggs."


Then maybe the offensive line should protect him.

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Second-year defensive tackle Fred Evans, who played sparingly as a rookie but is expected to assume a more meaningful role for the Miami Dolphins in 2007, was arrested early Saturday morning, and tasers were used to subdue him, after an alleged argument with a Miami Beach taxi driver.

A spokesperson for the Miami Beach police department on Saturday afternoon confirmed the arrest and said that Evans was charged with battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, trespassing and disorderly conduct.

"We are aware that Fred Evans was arrested this morning," Dolphins' first-year coach Cam Cameron said in a statement released by the team. "We will not condone this type of behavior. I assure everyone it will be dealt with seriously."

Representatives for Evans could not be reached.

The police spokesman said that officers were summoned amid the reports of a verbal altercation between Evans and the driver of the cab. According to the police report, which does not detail the source of the argument, Evans refused to exit the taxi after police arrived and advised him he was being arrested.

When police attempted to restrain Evans with handcuffs, the report says that "a physical struggle" ensued, and police subsequently resorted to tasers.

According to the report, Evans bit one officer on the wrist and received several bruises, and a second officer suffered a bruised knee.

Evans, 23, was a seventh-round choice in the 2006 draft and signed a four-year, $1.67 million contract. The former Texas State-San Marcos standout appeared in only one game as a rookie, the season finale at Indianapolis, and registered two tackles.

But the Miami staff feels Evans, primarily a nose tackle, is a player of promise, and he was expected to have a significantly expanded role in the team's tackle rotation in 2007.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com

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MIA - GB - Rumor - QB Culpepper to Green Bay?

Source: Viking Update Staff

As the rumor has gained legs, the idea is that Culpepper could spend all of 2007 rehabbing his ailing knee while Brett Favre played his final season. Then in 2008, a healthy Culpepper would compete with Aaron Rodgers for the starting job.

The second twist of irony is that Packers now join the Jaguars as teams that are rumored to be interested in signing Culpepper – who also now serves as his own agent. Jacksonville, of course is where Mike Tice is an assistant head coach. Tice and Culpepper always had a good working relationship and, if not for Tice, Jacksonville may not be in its current condition.

Whether Culpepper lands with the Jags, Packers or someone else won't play out until after he's officially released by the Dolphins. When that happens, we'll find out what rumors are true and what rumors are just blowing smoke.

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MIA - Dolphins Extend GM Randy Mueller's Contract

Source: Craig Barnes. Sun-Sentinel.com

Randy Mueller's contract as general manager of the Miami Dolphins has been extended and his salary will be revised, according to a source.

The extension is expected to carry Mueller through at least the 2010 season. Details of the salary adjustment were not available.

Mueller's initial contract was three years for $2.1 million and ran through June 2008. After the hiring of Cam Cameron as coach, the Dolphins didn't immediately extend Mueller's contract. They are pleased with his working relationship with Cameron as well as his personnel moves in free agency and the draft. He declined to interview for a similar job with Tennessee in January.

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DEF - Dolphins DT Evans Was On Probation

Source: Len Pasquarelli, ESPN

Miami Dolphins DT Fred Evans, who was arrested last weekend for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, battery of a police officer and trespassing, was already on probation from an earlier arrest in Texas for marijuana possession charges. On June 6 Evans received a one-year sentence in a diversionary program after pleading no contest to a Feb. 10 arrest.

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MIA - Dolphins WR Ginn Jr., QB Beck Not Planning Hold-Outs

Source: Andrew Abramson, Palm Beach Post

Miami Dolphins draft choices wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and quarterback John Beck have recently indicated that they intend to sign contracts with the team prior to the opening of Training Camp.

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MIA - QB Culpepper Set For Hearing Friday

Source: Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com

Still working to gain his release from the Miami Dolphins -- and hopefully in time to join another team before the beginning of training camps -- frustrated quarterback Daunte Culpepper will make his case for freedom at a Friday grievance hearing.

Culpepper, who serves as his own agent, will be represented by NFL Players Association general counsel Richard Berthelsen, a spokesman for the union confirmed to ESPN.com. It is not yet known who will represent the Dolphins at the hearing, which will be presided over by arbitrator John Feerick.

The former dean of the Fordham University Law School and a veteran arbitrator, Feerick ruled last summer in favor of quarterback Steve McNair in a similar grievance against the Tennessee Titans.

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DEF - MIA - Dolphins Release DT Evans As Result Of Arrest

Source: Len Pasquarelli, ESPN

The Miami Dolphins have released DT Fred Evans as a result of his arrest this past Saturday after an altercation with a taxi driver. Evans' situation was further compounded this week by the news that he is already on probation for marijuana possession charges in Texas. Because he is not a vested veteran, Evans is subject to waivers, but it is doubtful that any team will claim him, given his current legal issues.

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MIA - QB Culpepper's Hearing Gets Delayed

Source: Jeff Darlington, Miami Herald

The arbitration hearing for Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper, which was initially scheduled for Friday, has been postponed until Tuesday, NFL Players Association spokesman Carl Francis said. John Feerick, who is serving as the arbitrator in the case, had flight problems Thursday night and Friday morning because of bad weather. Culpepper's grievance against the Dolphins will be heard on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. A time and location have not been finalized.

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MIA - QB Culpepper's Hearing Delayed Again

Source: Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com

The grievance hearing for disgruntled Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper has been pushed back again, and the latest delay could jeopardize the plans of the eight-year veteran to have a new employer by the start of training camps.

The new date, agreed upon late Friday night, is July 18, and the hearing will be held at an undisclosed South Florida vacation. The hearing, previously scheduled for Friday, had already been postponed once, when arbitrator John Feerick encountered travel problems.

The new hearing date is just 7-10 days before most teams are scheduled to report to camp. The Jacksonville Jaguars, believed to have demonstrated the most interest in Culpepper, have their initial camp practices on July 28.

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