DAVIE, Fla. (March 14, 2006) -- With a trade for Daunte Culpepper awaiting a doctor's approval, the Miami Dolphins released last year's starting quarterback, Gus Frerotte.
Miami acquired Culpepper from the Minnesota Vikings, with the deal contingent on Culpepper passing a physical. That's not a given, because he's recovering from a serious knee injury suffered in October.
But the Dolphins declined to wait for the trade to become final to release Frerotte, who would have cost the team $4.38 million against the salary cap this year.
Frerotte went 9-6 as a starter in his only year with Miami, and threw a career-high 18 touchdown passes. The 12-year veteran has played for six NFL teams.
His departure leaves the Dolphins in the market for a backup quarterback. Sage Rosenfels, who filled that role last year, signed last week with Houston.