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Citing “unfinished business,” Culpepper hopes to play once again in the NFL

Daunte Culpepper, Mark Anderson AP

In 2004, he authored one of the greatest single seasons for any quarterback in league history.  In 2011, the 11th pick in the 1999 draft wants to continue his NFL career, one year after taking a detour to the UFL.

Daunte Culpepper, who admittedly at times is to PFT what Jeff George is to Jason Whitlock, has advised us of his desire to take another shot at the highest level of the sport.

“Now that it seems that a deal has finally been reached between the owners and the players, I have decided to enter my name into the NFL free agent pool of quarterbacks,” Culpepper said via e-mail.  “I have spent the entire off-season preparing for July training camp and I am anxious to get started.  Hopefully, the landscape has changed in the NFL for veteran quarterbacks like me who are ready, willing and able to play right away while the rookie quarterbacks get up to speed.  I am thankful to the UFL for giving me a chance to play last year for Coach Dennis Green and the Sacramento Mountain Lions.  It was refreshing and exhilarating to prepare and play every week.  However, I have unfinished business in the NFL and look forward to an opportunity to play a role on an NFL team this year.”

Though plenty of you will scoff, consider the number of teams that need quarterbacks — and the number of them that could be relying on an unproven (and largely unprepared) rookie.  Teams that should at least consider giving Culpepper a tryout include the Titans, Bengals, Vikings (yes, Vikings), Panthers, and Cardinals.

Can anyone credibly claims that Culpepper wouldn’t have been a better option last season than any of the stiffs whom the Cardinals trotted out onto the field?

Culpepper’s career probably has suffered over the past few years from his decision to go it alone, without an agent.  It’s hard to say what needs to be said, when you’re the person saying it on your behalf.

So we’ll say something right now on Daunte’s behalf.  With all the guys out there who proved last year that they can’t play quarterback very well, would it be crazy to give a look-see to a guy who showed seven years ago that he has the ability to play almost as well as anyone ever has?

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28 Responses to “Citing “unfinished business,” Culpepper hopes to play once again in the NFL”
  1. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jul 25, 2011 8:35 AM

    “So we’ll say something right now on Daunte’s behalf. With all the guys out there who proved last year that they can’t play quarterback very well, would it be crazy to give a look-see to a guy who showed seven years ago that he has the ability to play almost as well as anyone ever has?”

    Maybe we should bring back Vinny Testaverde as well? Do you realize how asinine this statement sounds? Culpepper had one great year with a young and dedicated Randy Moss. He has failed at every juncture since then. He hasn’t had anything left for years now and thinking he does based off of what happened 7 years ago is insane.

  2. lennydpocketqb says: Jul 25, 2011 8:35 AM

    I’d give Daunte Culpepper and Jeff George a tryout over these yabo’s who are claiming to be quarterbacks in the NFL.

  3. duanethomas says: Jul 25, 2011 8:36 AM

    Its over……..not a chance.

  4. jw731 says: Jul 25, 2011 8:41 AM

    Unfinished business= getting paid, which i doubt he did in the UFL.

  5. dldove77 says: Jul 25, 2011 8:41 AM

    NO.

  6. freebird2011 says: Jul 25, 2011 8:45 AM

    During his stint with the Lions, Culpepper proved what everyone in football already knew: Randy Moss made Culpepper, not the other way around. Culpepper, who has never exactly been a mastermind when it comes to reading defenses, no longer has the luxury of just throwing a bomb into double and triple coverage and watching Moss come up with.

    When playing for the Lions, Culpepper demonstrated poor decisionmaking and, even worse, no heart. It’s all on tape. It’s not terribly surprising another NFL team hasn’t “taken a chance” on him.

  7. volcom2143 says: Jul 25, 2011 8:46 AM

    I’d take him as a back up for the birds . We will need a veteran guy behind vick after we ship kolb away when the lockout lifts . Much rather Have him then drama queen Brett sexting favre . Dante can def throw the deep ball with Jackson and maclin. Wouldn’t mind it but he sounds like he wants to come back and start which doesn’t make much sense for someone trying desperately to get back into the league …

  8. bjbroderick says: Jul 25, 2011 8:54 AM

    Some QB’s that were better than him, recently.

    Dan Orlovsky
    Drew Stanton

    Oh, and that was on a team that went 0-16.

    Take it from Lions fans, he has nothing left in the tank but loses.

  9. Xenu D. Alien says: Jul 25, 2011 8:59 AM

    I don’t think he ever really recovered from blowing out his knee. I’d like to see him get another shot, but I’m not holding my breath.

  10. ejmat2 says: Jul 25, 2011 8:59 AM

    twitter:Chapman_Jamie says
    Maybe we should bring back Vinny Testaverde as well? Do you realize how asinine this statement sounds? Culpepper had one great year with a young and dedicated Randy Moss. He has failed at every juncture since then. He hasn’t had anything left for years now and thinking he does based off of what happened 7 years ago is insane.
    —————————————
    As a viking fan and one that agreed with trading him even before they did because I had a feeling he’d have a hard time without his best asset (his legs) I would definitely give him an opportunity to at least tryout. He is better than some of the yahoos out there right now. Think about it. Would you rather have him or Derek Anderson, Tarvaras Jackson, Chad Henne, etc…. He would be good to have as at least a backup or a steal to have as a 3rd string.

    Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think he’s going to light the NFL on fire or anything. However, he is better than a lot of crap out there now. Also, just so you know in 2004 when he had his runner up MVP season he was without Randy Moss for a good part of that season due to injury. He had 4717 yards passing and only about 800 of it went to Moss. Nate Burleson is the one that had a great season that year. I do want to point out to you that I do agree with your logic though. Culpepper did benefit from having a great WR in Moss and Carter in his early days. One big reason for his falling was he never learned how to read defenses so when he had to become a different type of passer (pocket passer) it hurt him tremendously. Let me put it this way. Right now the Vikings have Rhett Bomar slated at 3rd string. I’m pretty sure I would want Caulpepper over him as one example.

  11. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jul 25, 2011 9:17 AM

    Get an agent. Obviously the other route has not worked, right or wrong. Play for the minimum plus incentives. And PLEASE try out for the Skins. We got NOTHING!!!

  12. dcsween says: Jul 25, 2011 9:39 AM

    Put Culpepper behind a legitimate offensive line (not the Lions for Culpepper’s time there) and he will extend the learning year for one of the rookie QBs. Culpepper has a legitimate arm and can read a defense (even if the reads he was making in Detroit were that his protection was crumbling before he could finish his drop). The market for Donovan McNabb (like the 6th round pick that the Skins would have salivated for) just became even worse.

  13. jimmysee says: Jul 25, 2011 9:39 AM

    There was no going back after he hurt his knee.

  14. hatesycophants says: Jul 25, 2011 9:48 AM

    Uh, no thanks.

  15. richm2256 says: Jul 25, 2011 9:50 AM

    “So we’ll say something right now on Daunte’s behalf. With all the guys out there who proved last year that they can’t play quarterback very well, would it be crazy to give a look-see to a guy who showed seven years ago that he has the ability to play almost as well as anyone ever has?”

    Took the words right out of my mouth.

    Sinerely,
    B. Favre

  16. mrplow3 says: Jul 25, 2011 10:11 AM

    “Maybe we should bring back Vinny Testaverde as well? Do you realize how asinine this statement sounds? Culpepper had one great year with a young and dedicated Randy Moss. He has failed at every juncture since then.”

    Spoken like a true clueless, frontrunning bandwagon fan.

    Culpepper put together three great pro bowl seasons that 90% of NFL QBs have never been close to having.

    But go ahead and say he was a one year wonder ala Scott Mitchel if it makes you feel better.

    Daunte Culpepper was one of the best QB’s the league has ever seen when throwing on the move. However now that he’s been severely slowed from that knee explosion a few year back, that vital part of his game is gone.

    That however does not mean this guy can’t be one of the better back up QBs in the league. Id sign him for that spot in a heartbeat.

    Give it a shot Daunte, I miss seeing that freakish 265lb linebacker frame barrel over pursuing DB’s.

  17. tformation says: Jul 25, 2011 10:24 AM

    Can’t say I’d want him for the Bears, but hell, the Vikings, Titans or 49ers might as well throw the league minimum at him. He’d be a decent straw man, backup and/or mentor to some team with a newly drafted QB. Duante is not going to set the NFL on fire, but a humbler, harder working Duante might just try to follow the Kerry Collins route, and not suck at it. Stranger things have happened.

  18. randysavage4ever says: Jul 25, 2011 10:42 AM

    @lennydpocketqb

    YOU ARE RIGHT ON THE MONEY MY BROTHER…
    some QB’s in the NFL are trash, Culpepper can still play, if anyone watched any of the UFL games last year he looked decent. & like the article says, Culpepper would have been better then any of the Cardinals QB this past year, Fitzgerald would have preferred Culpepper to be throwing him the ball, then I dunno whoever else they had.

    Culpepper can still sling it, Detroit years should not count, Tom Brady would have went 0-16 with that team & coaching staff.

    What I can never understand in comment sections of PFT is when a player wants to make a comeback we come with the most extreme NEGATIVE YOU CANT – YOU SHOULDNT DO IT stuff, I mean how bad are ya’ll lives that you gotta bring that type of hate to a former NFL player who was GREAT and suffered a devastating knee injury and still wants to come back after all he has been through.

    WHY DONT WE SUPPORT FORMER PLAYERS COMEBACK ATTEMPTS? ok fine dont openly support, but why do we want to DISCOURAGE and HATE on someone trying to comeback? As if any of us have stepped on an NFL field and played the QB position as great as Culpepper once was able to play

    Culpepper is the ultimate underdog now, and DO WE NOT ROOT for underdogs in America? Yes we do, we love them and support them…

    and if it wasnt for Lane Kiffin’s AWFUL coaching ability he probably would have been better with the Raiders, he played well in some games, but the mistake was starting Josh McCown week 1 instead of Culpepper and then playing musical chairs switching back and forth between the 2 all year…

    Culpepper will get another shot in the NFL.

  19. thephantomstranger says: Jul 25, 2011 10:45 AM

    “Culpepper back to pass, looks at his primary receiver but he doesn’t have 5 yards on his defender, so Culpepper spins around and rolls out to his right. Now he turns around and looks at the defense again. Fires it deep downfield, caught, touchdown!”

    Great player in his prime, but not the guy to teach a young player how to play quarterback.

  20. db3300 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:07 AM

    “Great player in his prime…”

    Wow, really? Is Culpepper a QB that we’re calling one of the greats now? What has he done to gain that kind of status? No one outside of Minnesota thinks he was anything more than very, very average.

  21. gdeli says: Jul 25, 2011 11:22 AM

    he would have done probably better than farve did for us last year. Will ponder have enough time to prepare? many say no but daunte isn’t the way to go here. We viking’s fans thank him for his years with us. daunte to moss/carter was awesome. Too bad for him that guy from the panthers blew out his knee. Tough break then.

  22. mrplow3 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:36 AM

    “During his stint with the Lions”

    Stopped reading there.

    That was the worst O line in NFL history Culpepper played behind.

    As for Moss making Culpepper I always laugh at the “fans” who spout this line.

    The year Culpepper broke all those records in ’04 Moss was either injured on the bench, serving as a decoy, or playing at 20%.

    That was the year Daunte Culpepper made Nate Burleson a household name for a season. How has Nate fared since he lost Culpepper BTW? Ya, that’s what I thought.

  23. greengayfackers says: Jul 25, 2011 11:46 AM

    knock him all you want guys, he’s a perfect fit for teams with rookie QBs, let him start the 1st 4 games and pass the baton.

  24. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jul 25, 2011 12:22 PM

    It is too bad he went out the way he did with that blown knee. The guy could play football and he was definitely hitting his stride. Since then he just hasn’t been able to perform like he could. Hopefully he can rekindle that flame once more.

  25. chipwade says: Jul 25, 2011 1:07 PM

    Culpepper is better than Whitehurst.

  26. indianheadmeatpackingcompany says: Jul 25, 2011 8:29 PM

    I would take the guy. Sure he had his fumbling issues but he had some AMAZING games. Sure he had Moss, but the guy is better than some QB’s out there. Not elite or great, but I would put him as above average. I’d take him back on my team. With some time and work he could be an okay guy. If he had a team with an amazing run game, such as my team has, he would only improve. I think he could be successful to a point as a starter and a steal as a backup.

  27. buck2buckus says: Jul 25, 2011 8:57 PM

    Maybe the struggles at the end of his NFL career, and trip to the UFL have humbled Daunte.

    I cant believe he cant get a tryout with an NFL team. If he is now willing to put the work in the film room and accept a back up role, it is worth a shot. One of his biggest issues early in his career is he didnt put in the time in the film room and once the knee injury diminished his physical skills he couldnt rely on them anymore and his lack of prep showed.

  28. steen777 says: Jul 25, 2011 9:01 PM

    I’ve always been a fan Daunte, and hope you find your success! God speed Daunte!!!!

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