Culpepper getting a look-see from the 49ers

AP

During a recent episode of PFT Live, I made the case for quarterback Daunte Culpepper to get a shot in the NFL, given the current crop of stiff and no-names littering depth charts throughout the league.

He’ll get his first crack at cracking a lineup in San Francisco.

Per a league source, Culpepper will visit with and work out for the 49ers.  Recently, coach Jim Harbaugh suggested that he’d consider adding a veteran quarterback to compete with Alex Smith and rookie Colin Kaepernick.

That veteran could be Culpepper.

Regardless of whether he gets a contract there, look for Culpepper eventually to be considered once teams clear out the camp arms and undrafted projects and look for game-ready veterans.

Culpepper, the 11th overall pick in the 1999 draft, has played for the Vikings, Dolphins, Raiders, and Lions.  Last year, he played for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL.

90 responses to “Culpepper getting a look-see from the 49ers

  1. If ‘Pep is getting a look you’d better start up the “Favre watch.” That 49er situation looks brutal so far. I hope it stays that way (Rams fan).

  2. If Culpepper is getting a look-see, the 49ers effed upped their off-season. With so many options at QB available, if their fallback option is a fat QB who has been relevant since Soprano’s was on, than their should be some firing going on in San Fran.

  3. If ‘Pep is getting a look you’d better start up the “Favre watch.” That 49er situation looks brutal so far. I hope it stays that way (Rams fan).

    I wish we had your QB.

  4. The goal in SF seems to be getting a high enough pick to draft Luck next year. Signing Culpepper will help.

  5. Lol.

    At the rookie indoctrination they piled all of the players pads on Kaepernick, since his dad was a dromedary. But he sank to his knees and refused to budge under the heavy load. Hardbug eventually had to intervene when he saw the other players beating Colin with sticks and cursing his name to Allah.

  6. When was the last time he was actually GOOD? 7, 8 years ago? There have been plenty of QBs that were good for a short period of time. He’s simply one of them.

  7. Niners should go with the heritage and take a look at Jeff Garcia. As bad as the O-line looked in New Orleans, at least Garcia could scramble to avoid being killed.

  8. Give Tampa Bay what they want and get Josh Johnson now. A second round pick should do it and you have your starter that knows Harbaugh’s system.

  9. dgforreal says: Aug 14, 2011 3:56 PM

    I wish we had your QB.

    ********************************
    Sorry, man, no way Sam’s getting out of here! We love that kid.
    I like Kaepernick, though. Give him time. I just don’t understand the love for Alex by Harbaugh. Smith seems like a nice guy and I know he’s had 7 different OCs in 7 years, but sooner or later you gotta quit making excuses and perform. He just doesn’t have it, IMO. I guess SF just doesn’t want to admit they picked the wrong QB that year.

  10. bucfandango:
    That’s not a bad idea, considering Johnson’s a FA after this year. I don’t know if they trust Rudy enough to risk trading JJ away, though.

  11. Look at all the haters. Amazing. Pep isn’t even on an NFL roster yet and everyone here has forgotten how great he was a few years ago. I’m still a fan and grateful for the excitement Pep brought to Minny back in the day.

    I’ll stick my neck out in front of this crowd of dweebs and say, “Good luck, Pep. I hope you make it and keep your career moving.”

  12. It’s 1 preseason game. Everybody needs to calm down. Is Alex the answer at QB? No.

    The oline will be better and the D held the first string Saints offense to 3 and outs with 3 of the top 5 DBs on the bench (Goldson, Spencer and Brown).

    Culpepper is definitely not the answer either. Offer Mays and a late pick to TB for J Johnson and they’ll have an athletic young QB that knows and is known by Harbaugh to pair with Kap.

  13. Just start Smith and go 2-14 then draft Luck with the pick. Problem solved for the next 12 years. Hes that good and ready.

  14. Ok, my official conspiracy theory this season is this:

    Harbaugh is the brand new high paid coach for the 49ers, so they’re definitely not going to fire him, regardless of how bad the team does in 2011. Knowing this, Harbaugh is willing to use to tank the season while appearing to try to win. In turn he gets the number 1 pick and brings in Andrew Luck, who are both already very familiar with each other. Then in 2012, will start to form a winning team.

  15. I think its a good idea. He would only be a backup at best. And he would take ANY offer. This guy was a top 5 QB for a 3 to 4 year stretch. Even though thats long gone now, his knowledge and passion for the game would be good for the team. Again, he will take ANY offer.

  16. “Regardless of whether he gets a contract there, look for Culpepper eventually to be considered once teams clear out the camp arms and undrafted projects and look for game-ready veterans.”

    You KEEP trying to make this happen.

    It’s NOT going to happen.

    “purplehayseuss says: Aug 14, 2011 4:19 PM

    Look at all the haters. Amazing. Pep isn’t even on an NFL roster yet and everyone here has forgotten how great he was a few years ago. ”

    “A few” is three. He hasn’t been even “decent” since 2004. SEVEN YEARS AGO.

  17. I have a good feeling that Culpepper has a little left in the ol’ tank. If he does get his shot with the Niners, NFC watch out! Culpepper needs good wideouts and tightends to succeed. The offensive line can be average, but if you give him someone to throw to, he’s golden.

  18. Culpepper, seriously?

    Just bite the bullet and give up a 2nd for Kyle Orton. At least you have a shot at winning your division. (9-7 should do it).

    Your only other option is to just let Kaepernick make plays with his feet and hope he doesn’t get killed.

    A little late in the game to be scraping for a starting QB.

  19. As a die hard Niner faithful since 1968, I can tell all of you with complete confidence that Harbaugh is simply smarter than any fan, most media people and certainly over half of the coaches in today’s NFL. He would never discuss his overall plan with anyone except Trent Balke and maybe Jed if he asked. HE HAS A PLAN.

    2011 is a complete toss for the Niners. I’m totally fine with that. Walsh went 2-14 in 1978. This is Harbaugh’s turn at a miserable rebuilding, figuring-out-which-direction-to-go-year. Next year he gets whoever he wants to QB his team, LUCK included. Then the fun begins. But watch for them to pull one or two completely unexpected upsets just on brainpower alone this year. Remember 2008 when he beat +45 point favorite USC with Tavita Pritchard as the Stanford QB?

    He knows how to turn around a program but with John and Denise York in charge and calling shots for a decade – he’s inherited a s–t sandwich. Not even Vince Lombardi could win with this underachieving, losing-culture roster he’s been saddled with.

    If we’re not in the Super Bowl by 2014, I’ll run neked across the Golden Gate bridge. Promise!

  20. Culpepper appears shot but i find it hard to understand how the colts have not paid a great price for going with Painter as their back up, he is simply terrible and if the following woundnt be a upgrade i must be blind. Culpepper, Losman, Garcia, JT Osullivsan, D. Carr, Todd Collins, Derek Anderson, Sorgi, etc. A couple of those are signed but were available and sooner or later the colts are going to pay for not having someone who is better that terrrible.

  21. Oh Mike, you must be so proud of a guy who’ll never do crap (except crap out in games) in the NFL again!!!

  22. Yeah… There’s your solution.
    Another back up QB to add to the mix.
    They’ve got a mess at the QB situation there. No doubt.

  23. maybe those of you who think having Culpepper on your team is good thing should actually look at his stats before commenting….

    Culpepper has done next to nothing since being with the Vikes in 2004…

  24. Does this mean it wasnt just the saints blitzing unfairly. See all you whiner fans get ready for a bad year

  25. tfbuckfutter, So you hate every player that you judge to be ‘washed up’? Then every team that needs QB help should be screaming to get a shot at Rodgers, Manning, Brady, Brees? Everyone else is a loser, right? The teams that aren’t ‘contenders’ are just wasting time, filling up Sundays with junk until the playoffs so the Good Teams can put this all together? OK. I see. If you’re right, what’s the point? Let’s all break up the NFL, put together about 5-6 really ‘good’ teams, and have them play each other over and over until … … what?

    Any player on an NFL roster is the best and brightest. They have won the right to perform and be lambasted by bastards like you every week. The glass is half FULL.

  26. Remember the name : Andrew luck will NOT be the #1 pick next year. As of now he should be but too many things could happen by next year .Since everyone insists its a given, just remember the name and next April you can vouche for me when i start rubbing it in on everyone else.
    PS Culpepper sucks. , and if these are going to be part of Harbaugh’s master plan he better stay in college footballs good grace’s

  27. adding another POS QB is not the answer. Keep Culpepper away, get Kaepernick in as soon as possible.

    I do assume that a long term reup for Alex Smith is around the corner though. ::pukes in mouth::

  28. Culpepper was playing good a few years ago? hasn’t played decent in a looooong time… and bad attitude to boot.

    Miami? disaster
    Oakland? disaster
    Detroit? disaster

    think about that progression….

    49ers… don’t do it…. there’s gotta be something better at the local flag game….

  29. Just what the doctor ordered for those tattered, napalm-shredded knees — SF’s offensive line.

  30. was i the only one that wanted to punch jed dork in the face while they were interviewing him during the saints game? he was more concerned with a new stadium than how his team was doing.

  31. hobartbaker says:
    Aug 14, 2011 4:04 PM
    Lol.

    At the rookie indoctrination they piled all of the players pads on Kaepernick, since his dad was a dromedary. But he sank to his knees and refused to budge under the heavy load. Hardbug eventually had to intervene when he saw the other players beating Colin with sticks and cursing his name to Allah.
    ————————————————–

    huh???

  32. “usetabe says: Aug 14, 2011 4:09 PM

    Niners should go with the heritage and take a look at Jeff Garcia. As bad as the O-line looked in New Orleans, at least Garcia could scramble to avoid being killed.”

    And Kaepernick can’t scramble or what?

    Some people…

  33. purplehayseuss says: Aug 14, 2011 5:51 PM
    tfbuckfutter, So you hate every player that you judge to be ‘washed up’?
    ————————————–

    I don’t hate anyone. I don’t hate Culpepper.

    I just hate the notion that an awful QB, 7 years removed from one of his two or three good seasons, still has any potential in him.

    He doesn’t.

    The team is better off finding someone on the way up (or even someone on the way down as opposed to someone already settled in the basement).

  34. I think Harbaugh can turn his carreer around. Alex smith wont take us to the playoffs and Colin Kaepernick needs some time daunte showing what hes got with a 49ers team with weapons and a great defense to me is what mite make the 49ers the suprise super bowl team

  35. did smith look good? no. did kaepernick look good? no. would joe montana look good with the work the 49ers offensive line put in? no.

  36. lol so many idiots!

    the 9ers take a look at Daunte and then now hes gonna be the starter?

    most people on this site are literally some of the stupidest people on the interwebs.

  37. if they sign him to compete, BAD move. Culpepper is washed up and the 49ers would be better risking the season on Alex Smith or trading for Kyle Orton OR Tim Tebow or Jimmy Clausen than sign a guy who hasnt been good for years. at least the three i mentioned above have potential.

  38. You gotta be effin kidding me. I know they need a veteran backup, but let that veteran backup be Smith. Make the damn trade for Josh Johnson or Matt Flynn. You get a young guy with solid potential, that can be your franchise QB. Then you are not banking on developing a very raw Kaepernick into a franchise QB. He may become one, because he certainly has potential as well, but Johnson and Flynn have shown something on the field. Johnson fits, because of his familiarity with Harbaugh. Flynn comes from a similar system

  39. If you combined the uber suckiness of Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick and Daunte Culpepper…..you would bare witness a hybrid of good arm strength, arrogance, fumblitis, repetive pick throwing skills and poor decision making like the league has never seen before! We could name this said QB, Alex Kaelpeppernick.

  40. Great news that Daunte is working out for 49’ers, even if he even ends up as mentor to younger QB’s. I saw him as a Viking at the Metrodome in Minnesota for several years, including in Viking’s training camp and more recently, even saw him as QB for the last home game for the UFL Sacramento Mountain Lions — a game they won handily! He definitely is IN SHAPE, same great arm.. He was running around fine, so knee looked to be completely healed. Think he had best QB rating in the UFL last season and was seen as positive influence on team and younger players. Hope he gets a chance to show what he can do and maybe help the team. Good luck, CPep!!

  41. What about JaMarcus Russel? He could add depth to the o line and be a third QB on game days. That tongue in cheek suggestion is about as silly as signing a damaged culpepper.

  42. idiots, if and thats a BIG IF, they sign him, he is only going there to be a backup and relieve some stress from the rookie backups so they could just be concerned with learning a new system and not what to do if alex gets hurt, jim harbaugh already had an interview explaing such, some people are just toooo idiotic or to damn naive..

  43. Coach Harbaugh, this ain’t Stanford. Alex is playing slightly better competition than the Pac 10. Ya should have gotten a QB in FA or by trade.

  44. purplehayseuss says:
    Aug 14, 2011 4:19 PM
    Look at all the haters. Amazing. Pep isn’t even on an NFL roster yet and everyone here has forgotten how great he was a few years ago. I’m still a fan and grateful for the excitement Pep brought to Minny back in the day.

    I’ll stick my neck out in front of this crowd of dweebs and say, “Good luck, Pep. I hope you make it and keep your career moving.”
    —————–

    Culpepper was never good. He might have been exciting at one time, but he was never “good.”

  45. Dear God know.

    Culpepper’s last two seasons he rated a 64.8 and a 63.9. Behind this offensive line? The only possible reason you would make this move is to make Jimmy Clausen and Derek Anderson not be at the bottom of the NFL ratings.

    Seriously, Favre had a rating of 69.9 last year, I would rather see old chuck and see come into our team then Culpepper. At least Favre probably remembers being a decent player who’s stats weren’t completely propped up by one wide receiver.

    Just no. Why aren’t we desperately trying to fill the holes at Offensive Line? It was like the 49ers were a High School team lined up against the Saints that last game.

  46. I don’t know, I kinda want to see Culpepper come back and light it up one more time in the NFL. Then ride off into the sunset.

  47. If we’re not in the Super Bowl by 2014, I’ll run neked across the Golden Gate bridge. Promise!

    I guess thats just how they do bets in san fran?

  48. tooloftools-

    George W Bush said “interwebs” in like 2003….it became a funny, slang reference. thats cool that you have no idea what you are talking about, thanks for being the example to my previous post.

    idiot.

  49. hobartbaker says:
    Aug 14, 2011 4:04 PM
    Lol.

    At the rookie indoctrination they piled all of the players pads on Kaepernick, since his dad was a dromedary. But he sank to his knees and refused to budge under the heavy load. Hardbug eventually had to intervene when he saw the other players beating Colin with sticks and cursing his name to Allah.
    =================================
    Do you try to be an a-hole, or is it just coming natural.?WTF does this have to do with anything? Kaepernick is part-caucasian JACKA$$.

    Here’s hoping he turns out to be a Rookie of the Year candidate.

  50. Think he had best QB rating in the UFL last season
    ——————————————————-
    That, and two bucks, gets you a cup of coffee

  51. richm2256 says:
    Aug 14, 2011 8:57 PM
    Think he had best QB rating in the UFL last season
    ——————————————————-
    That, and two bucks, gets you a cup of coffee
    ==============================

    Did people forget Kurt Warner? These closet “G.M.’s” amaze me.

  52. sdw2001 says:
    Aug 14, 2011 8:17 PM
    purplehayseuss says:
    Aug 14, 2011 4:19 PM
    Look at all the haters. Amazing. Pep isn’t even on an NFL roster yet and everyone here has forgotten how great he was a few years ago. I’m still a fan and grateful for the excitement Pep brought to Minny back in the day.

    I’ll stick my neck out in front of this crowd of dweebs and say, “Good luck, Pep. I hope you make it and keep your career moving.”
    —————–

    Culpepper was never good. He might have been exciting at one time, but he was never “good.”

    —————-

    He was better than you are. Him even still being in the league is an example of 1. how many chances Alex Smith got, 2.and how many dysfunctional signal callers are out there. 3. how many bad offensive lines there are

    “”What scares me about the 49ers — I don’t think Alex Smith can play. He won’t win games and will make the same mistakes. To me, it just sets the wrong tone to bring him back. I think they needed to find a more capable veteran and bring the rookie (Colin Kaepernick) along as quickly as possible. Their best chance is getting him ready to play now.” -PFW, “audibles”

  53. sdw2001 says:
    Aug 14, 2011 8:17 PM
    —————–

    Culpepper was never good. He might have been exciting at one time, but he was never “good.”

    —————-

    Apparently 110.9 QB rating 4717 yards 39 TDs 11 Ints isn’t good. FFS his second year in the league he threw for nearly 4,000 yards with 33 TDs

    He’s not anywhere near that anymore, but to say he was never good is just plain ignorant.

  54. Well apparently my comments don’t stick – or get erased – or something like that. But here it is again…

    Alex Smith in the last 2 seasons has a QBRtg of 81.8, 32 TD’s (4.5% rate), 22 INT’s (3.1% rate), and about 215 ypg in 22 games.

    Since 2005 Culpepper has played in 31 games, and not a game since 09 – in that time he amassed a 71.7 QBRtg, 20 TD’s (2.5% rate), 32 INT’s (4.0% rate), and about 180 ypg.

    Here’s the thing…you’re a complete moron if you think he has ANYTHING left in the tank…a complete moron if you think he could be better than Alex Smith (at age 53), a complete moron for this write-up. I don’t care if you got your jollies when he was having his few good seasons, but he is terrible and has been since 2005. End of story.

  55. disaster…kap will never be an effective QB and Smith, well is Smith….with the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft Frisco takes Andrew Luck, Stanford…….

  56. hobartbaker says: Aug 14, 2011 10:29 PM

    @tatum064 –

    I know he’s part Caucasian. It’s the other half.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    So because he is half black you assume he is muslim or something? I think you have to take the cake for 1. Most ignorant. 2. Most retarded. 3. Biggest D-bag of anyone I have ever seen post on any forums or blogs. I don’t recall ever seeing a post from you with more than a handful of thumbs up, they usually have well over 50 thumbs down tags though as evidenced from above. There is a reason for it….. Nobody likes you, most people think you are an ignorant, retarded, D-bag. You probably have no friends or life either, don’t have a woman in your life and you feel talking smack here makes you the man you will never be in real life so just piss off with your sorry self. Please PFT let this post go through, because I’m sure there’s hundreds if not thousands that feel the same way!

  57. I love my Niners but DAMN there comes a point where you have to accept that Alex Smith was a fluke, a horrible pick and move on!! They’ve been dragging this guy out for 5 years waiting for him to become the QB of the future. I like Jim Harbaugh but keeping Alex was his 1st bad decision… #1 Smith cannot stay healthy, in his 5 years of being drafted he has had one 16 (losing) game season & the other 4 he’s been watching frm the bench whether hurt or outplayed by no names that will NEVER get a starting bid elsewhere but are good enough to start in Niners nation!! Come on what does that tell you?!? Wake up Niners organization! If we know that Smith has struggled with a new coach and new system every year (which isnt Smith’s fault) what makes the niners think that signing him to a 1 year contract, that Smith will Magically learn this System in a short off-season?? He hasn’t done it in 5 years when he had regular off-seasons, much less in a short off-season!! Come on I know the Niners top dogs have some common sense! Might as well sign him to a 5 year deal to give him a couple losing seasons to learn the system!! Anybody agree with me or see my point?? Bringing a new QB to the mix won’t help any, just make Harbaugh look stupid because instead of Smith he knows he should have brought a fresh start with a QB in the free agency or not, that can actually start in Week 1…. But hopefully I’m wrong and they will find somebody that will learn the system faster then Smith and be ready by Week 1!! RIGHT!?! In the meantime get the rookie ready for Week 1 he’ll have as much chance as Smith does winning!

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