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CULPEPPER, LIONS REACH A NEW DEAL

With a $2.5 million roster bonus due on February 27 and the Lions possibly unwilling to pay it, the team and quarterback Daunte Culpepper have reached a new agreement.
Per Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com, Culpepper’s contract has been restructured, and the February 27 payment has been removed.  Kowalksi reports that a roster bonus is believed to be owed to Culpepper at some point during the offseason or training camp.
No other details regarding the contract are currently available.
Apparently, the Lions persuaded Culpepper — who has no agent — that if he refused to do a new deal they would simply cut him.  Then, he would have been back on the market, looking for a new home. 
Last year, Culpepper languished throughout the offseason and into the regular season with no takers.  Eventually, he retired.
Here’s where having an agent can come in handy.  In this situation, an agent could have determined whether a market existed elsewhere for Culpepper’s services.  And if another team were indeed interested in giving him a shot, Culpepper could have played chicken with the Lions over the $2.5 million roster bonus.
Maybe, if push had come to shove, the Lions would have paid the money.  Really, what other options do they have at quarterback? 
Of course, such discussions would have constituted tampering by the other teams expressing interest in Culpepper, hypothetically or otherwise.  But it’s part of an agent’s job to try to find out what’s behind Door No. 2 before going No. 1 on the current team’s offer.
None of this means that Culpepper will be the starter in 2009.  It only means that, between now and February 27, he won’t be cut by the Lions.

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29 Responses to “CULPEPPER, LIONS REACH A NEW DEAL”
  1. FloriosPhillyFan says: Feb 17, 2009 4:13 PM

    are we still entirely sure matt millen isn’t still there? sounds like one of his moves to me…

  2. Osterhouse says: Feb 17, 2009 4:15 PM

    I think Florio wants to be Culpepper’s agent. Gotta start somewhere..then get in on some of that top 10 1st round rookie money

  3. Rhode says: Feb 17, 2009 4:22 PM

    That club and that player are a match made in heavan.

  4. P-Vac says: Feb 17, 2009 4:23 PM

    Lions might be a real threat now with Culpepper…

  5. Xpensive Wino says: Feb 17, 2009 4:29 PM

    Osterhouse, you took the words right out of my mouth!

  6. empty13 says: Feb 17, 2009 4:36 PM

    Pullpecker the player had an idiot for an agent.
    Pullpecker the agent has an idiot for a client.
    Smacked around by the lions!
    They can lose as many games without him as they can with him. Migtht as well do it for less $.

  7. JimmySmith says: Feb 17, 2009 4:42 PM

    Maybe, if push had come to shove, the Lions would have paid the money. Really, what other options do they have at quarterback?
    They have plenty of options better than Pullpecker, that’s for sure. The mere fact the Lions are even bringing him back for 2009 tells me that the current regime is not much smarter than the previous.
    If this continues, the Lions will take away the worst starting QB label from the Vikings.

  8. GR365 says: Feb 17, 2009 4:50 PM

    Oh yeah! He’s definately going to be the starter! 2.5 mil bonus needed to be restructured??? If not will cut you! They’re just clearing the deck for the real Qb they’re going to get!
    The Furrey story is still on sportingnews.com….Come on Mike!
    Schwartz already debackled that story. This just confirms it!
    What the hell going on in that FO???

  9. Heinekenfun says: Feb 17, 2009 5:03 PM

    Pay Culpepper $2.5 Million because they have no other options?
    Please Florio.., give me a King-Sized break. Better options in Detroit are as follows: Kurt Warner, Matt Cassel, Kerry Collins, Jeff Garcia, Rex Grossman, Kyle Boller, Charlie Batch, David Carr, Ryan Fitzpatrick Byron Leftwich, J.P. Losman, J.T. O’Sullivan Patrick Ramsey and if all else fails…., Dan Orlovsky,
    I’ll give Dante Culpepper the nice guy award for trying real hard n’ stuff, but he just doesn’t have it to be the #1 QB for any team in this great NFL of ours.

  10. BuckFutter says: Feb 17, 2009 5:10 PM

    Why rework his contract? What difference does it make if they pay him the roster bonus or not? With their talent, I find it hard to believe they have any more than $10 million committed to salaries for next season.
    Or is that they problem? They don’t want to be paying one player 25% of their payroll?

  11. Ralph GreNader says: Feb 17, 2009 5:16 PM

    its pretty sad that one of the only smart things they’ve managed to pull of in the recent years involves taking advantage of,for lack of better terms, a moron.
    yah cuz not having an agent shows you have brains. instead of hiring someone to deal with happenings beyond your comprehension you decide to take the bull by the horns…and walk it off a cliff. this would be like a major league manager pinch hitting with him as the hitter.
    my god even randolph lerner thinks this guy is a dumbass.

  12. dick_curl says: Feb 17, 2009 5:23 PM

    Culpepper is the biggest idoit, and is costing himself millions in the process. Instead of paying a qualified agent a mere 3% to represent him, and get the best contract. He elects to represent himself and lose millions. Just brilliant!

  13. starman says: Feb 17, 2009 5:33 PM

    Lions are committed to sucking again! gotta love it!

  14. BuckFutter says: Feb 17, 2009 5:42 PM

    “JimmySmith says:
    If this continues, the Lions will take away the worst starting QB label from the Vikings.”
    I’m pretty sure the Lions already have that label….
    And if you aren’t sure, here’s the test….would Gus Frerotte or Tarvaris Jackson be able to win the starting job in Detroit?
    Answer: There wouldn’t even be a competition.

  15. CJ Weapon X says: Feb 17, 2009 5:51 PM

    Here is why they want him to stay. They remember the days that Culpepper just threw deep balls to a guy named randy moss. Then threw corner routes to that guy named randy moss, and another guy named cris carter. If I remember myself culpepper was not too bad at that. So with the a guy named calvin johnson on the team they are hoping the old daunte will magically come back in a lions uniform.
    all that said… i doubt it.

  16. Bob_Nelson says: Feb 17, 2009 5:54 PM

    Fumblepepper sucks and will not be on the Lions roster at the begining of the season…unless there is an injury.
    The Lions cannot afford to take the “Worst Starting QB in the League label away from the vikings.
    Out of all the free agents at QB why sign this turnover king??
    It’s not like anyone else would sign him. Look how long he was out of football last year!!
    Lions screwed up again.

  17. CJ Weapon X says: Feb 17, 2009 5:55 PM

    JimmySmith says “If this continues, the Lions will take away the worst starting QB label from the Vikings.”
    The lions already have that label. remember that guy that ran out of the back of the endzone? i think his name was dan orvlosky(spell check please).

  18. nedirect says: Feb 17, 2009 6:06 PM

    Calvin Johnson GO DEEP!

  19. MNPawn says: Feb 17, 2009 6:13 PM

    The table is set to draft Crabtree. With Crabtree and Johnson they have 4 downs to chuck the ball downfield and hope they can run under it.

  20. FumbleNuts says: Feb 17, 2009 6:19 PM

    They will most likely draft Crabtree and hope Coldpecker can hook up with Johnson and crab….. Just like the good ol’ day with Randy Moss and Cris Carter.

  21. Walrus says: Feb 17, 2009 6:38 PM

    An agent could send letters to other teams… Wait, we slammed an agent for that recently

  22. southernlady says: Feb 17, 2009 7:14 PM

    As someone who has actually watched Culpepper play in the Metrodome and in training camp for Vikings, I think it’s a great move. By the way, To Heinekenfun: Culpepper has a better career record than all those QB’s you rattled off except perhaps Warner. He should be allowed to compete for starting spot. Since he was injured (and rushed back too quickly), he has not had the benefit of good coaching and being in a consistent system for more than one year. Linehan knows his strengths and weaknesses and has gotten great results working with Pepp. Check out the Oakland/Miami game in 2007 when Culpepper had 5 TD’s. He also is a career leader in rushing TD’s. He’s very accurate and has a great long ball. Culpepper to CJ has already been great and can be even better with benefit of OTA’s and training camp. Good luck, Pepp!

  23. Alpheratz says: Feb 17, 2009 7:18 PM

    You guys think an agent is going to get him millions more, huh?
    Culpepper??

  24. empty13 says: Feb 17, 2009 9:07 PM

    pullpecker played on some awful talented minnehaha teams, at least on the o side.
    he might have been .500 with moss. he is like 5-17 without moss. moss made him. moss is damn good. chauncey sucks.
    chauncey pullpecker blows chunks. fumbler. doesnt read defenses. just throws up street balls and begs for moss/megatron to bail him out. and he cant move anymore either.
    of these previously listed QBs…Kurt Warner, Matt Cassel, Kerry Collins, Jeff Garcia, Rex Grossman, Kyle Boller, Charlie Batch, David Carr, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Byron Leftwich, J.P. Losman, J.T. O’Sullivan Patrick Ramsey, Dan Orlovsky… i would clearly take warner, cassel, collins, garcia, batch, fitzpatrick, ramsey and orlovsky (he outplayed chauncey last year) over pullpecker. the others are even with chauncey imho.

  25. jimicos says: Feb 17, 2009 10:45 PM

    southernlady says:
    February 17th, 2009 at 7:14 pm
    As someone who has actually watched Culpepper play in the Metrodome and in training camp for Vikings, I think it’s a great move. By the way, To Heinekenfun: Culpepper has a better career record than all those QB’s you rattled off except perhaps Warner. He should be allowed to compete for starting spot. Since he was injured (and rushed back too quickly), he has not had the benefit of good coaching and being in a consistent system for more than one year. Linehan knows his strengths and weaknesses and has gotten great results working with Pepp. Check out the Oakland/Miami game in 2007 when Culpepper had 5 TD’s. He also is a career leader in rushing TD’s. He’s very accurate and has a great long ball. Culpepper to CJ has already been great and can be even better with benefit of OTA’s and training camp. Good luck, Pepp!
    ———————–
    This has got to be a joke.

  26. par4life says: Feb 17, 2009 10:52 PM

    All this really does is save some cap money. If they have ANY plans for Culpepper they will draft a OT or Crabtree with the first pick and maybe take Freeman with 20th pick or first pick in 2nd round.
    If they were to take Crabtree that could be a fun offense to watch with Culpepper tossing it up to Johnson and Crabtree, provided he had any time to throw it.

  27. drboogerlips says: Feb 17, 2009 11:10 PM

    Heinekenfun has had too much fun with Heineken. Or with someones heine.
    Based on this statement, I believe you are a tennis fan first, and a football fan fifth:
    “Pay Culpepper $2.5 Million because they have no other options?
    Better options in Detroit are as follows: Kurt Warner, Matt Cassel, Kerry Collins, Jeff Garcia, Rex Grossman, Kyle Boller, Charlie Batch, David Carr, Ryan Fitzpatrick Byron Leftwich, J.P. Losman, J.T. O’Sullivan Patrick Ramsey and if all else fails…., Dan Orlovsky”
    Kurt Warner – not a free agent yet, if at all
    Matt Cassel – not worth the picks vs what DC costs
    Kerry Collins – the new Trent Dilfer
    Jeff Garcia – I’ll give you this one – free agent at no cost
    Rex Grossman – you’re drunk
    Kyle Boller – you’re drunker
    Charlie Batch – seriously? no, seriously?
    David Carr – even odds
    Ryan Fitzpatrick – you’re still drunk, or drunker
    Byron Leftwich – fair enough
    J.P. Losman – nope
    J.T. O’Sullivan – overall track record nowhere close to DC
    Patrick Ramsey – speaking of DC, but this time as in District of Columbia, nope.
    Dan Orlovsky – shame on you
    I rest my case of beer. Until tomorrow.

  28. GR365 says: Feb 18, 2009 8:05 AM

    Hmmm. 2.5 Mill. Maybe if Dante could read defenses, he would’ve
    got the money!

  29. brianlion says: Feb 18, 2009 9:14 AM

    well, I guess somebody will have to backup Matt Stafford.

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