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Daunte Culpepper | Quarterback

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (41) / 1/28/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 265
College: UCF
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 1 (11) / MIN

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Free agent Daunte Culpepper conceded to the Orlando Sentinel that he's finished playing in the NFL.
The 49ers considered signing Culpepper in 2011 training camp, but only to be a third-stringer behind Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick. They eventually went in another direction (Scott Tolzien). "As far as me playing, I think I am done," said Culpepper, 35. "That part of my book is closed. The next chapter is, I have kids and I will be coaching them." The 11th overall pick in the 1999 draft, Culpepper was a three-time Pro Bowler and finished his career with a 149:106 TD-to-INT ratio, along with 34 more rushing touchdowns. He ranked either first or second among fantasy quarterbacks four times in the early 2000s. Sun, Jul 1, 2012 02:45:00 PM

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Updating a previous item, the 49ers will not be signing free agent Daunte Culpepper right now, a source tells

According to PFT's source, the signing still could happen in the next week or so if Culpepper isn't scooped up by another team. It's unclear why the Niners suddenly changed direction on the 34-year-old, but maybe Culpepper thinks he can reach higher on the depth chart. San Francisco was only offering the third-string gig behind Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick.
Tue, Aug 16, 2011 08:10:00 AM

A source tells CSN Bay Area that the 49ers plan to sign free agent Daunte Culpepper to a one-year contract.

The move obviously reeks of desperation, but at least the 49ers are acknowledging a problem. They're not going to go anywhere with Alex Smith at quarterback. Per CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, however, the Niners would only view Culpepper as a third-stringer with experience who could play in a pinch if needed. The 34-year-old would not be added to compete for the starting job.
Mon, Aug 15, 2011 02:57:00 PM

Free agent QB Daunte Culpepper will reportedly work out for the 49ers Monday.

Coach Jim Harbaugh spent the offseason hyping Alex Smith, ostensibly because he saw a lot of himself in the embattled former No. 1 overall pick. It took just a few series in the preseason opener for Harbaugh to realize he might be better off with veteran competition for Smith. Culpepper hasn't played at a high level in half a decade.
Sun, Aug 14, 2011 03:51:00 PM

Free agent Daunte Culpepper wants to get back into the NFL.

Culpepper spent last season in the UFL, playing for coach Dennis Green with the Sacramento Mountain Lions. He's now 34 and looked extremely shaky when last starting games for the Detroit Lions in 2009. There is a dearth of quarterback talent in the NFL right now, but Culpepper is a borderline NFL player at this point.
Mon, Jul 25, 2011 08:38:00 AM

UFL commissioner Michael Huygue is floating the idea of scrimmaging against NFL players if the lockout extends deep into the summer.

The seven-on-seven scrimmages would increase the UFL's visibility while allowing NFL players to stay in football shape. There is somewhat of a precedent for the scrimmages, as NFL players held two all-star games during the 1982 strike. Ted Turner ended up taking a bath, losing $800,000 invested in broadcast rights when fans essentially turned their backs on the games.
Wed, Mar 23, 2011 12:31:00 PM

Daunte Culpepper signed with the UFL's Sacramento Mountain Lions.

We've known about this for almost a month, but now it's official. Culpepper will participate in his new team's minicamp on Thursday in a high school stadium.
Wed, Jun 9, 2010 09:45:00 AM

Free agent Daunte Culpepper is expected to sign with the UFL's Sacramento Mountain Lions.

He'll be reunited with Mountain Lions head coach/GM Denny Green, so the two can party like it's 1999. Culpepper will become the UFL's highest-profile signee, but he certainly won't be the last. Sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter that a steady stream of big-name players will be matriculating to the new league.
Tue, May 18, 2010 01:09:00 PM

Free agent Daunte Culpepper says he wants to play for the Bills.

Unfortunately, they aren't going to want him. "I would love to talk to Buffalo," Culpepper said. "I don't know if they'd have an open mind, but...I would love to have a chance to compete there. Give me the opportunity. I can be the guy." Culpepper added that he's physically "100 percent right now."
Tue, Mar 23, 2010 08:55:00 AM

Free agent Daunte Culpepper was spotted in the lobby during the NFL's owners meetings on Monday, "presumably looking for work."

"Pretty sad," added FOX Sports' Alex Marvez. Culpepper hasn't so much as received a nibble on the free agent market. He will likely have to wait until after the draft to generate interest, assuming the 33-year-old gets any at all.
Mon, Mar 22, 2010 03:19:00 PM

Lions coach Jim Schwartz predictably sidestepped the question when asked Thursday about the status of free agent Daunte Culpepper.

Schwartz instead discussed the value of dependable backup QBs. Culpepper is injury prone and hasn't been an effective passer since 2004. He won't be back with Detroit, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him out of the league.
Thu, Feb 25, 2010 03:47:00 PM

Free agent Daunte Culpepper has hired attorney David Cornwell as an adviser to be his "ears, eyes and a voice if necessary."

Culpepper has gone without an agent the past couple of seasons, but he fully intends to test the market before considering a return to Detroit. The veteran will encounter little interest as a free agent, and the Lions could choose to move in a different direction.
Tue, Feb 16, 2010 03:26:00 PM

The National Football Post reports that Daunte Culpepper will not return to the Lions in 2010.

Culpepper, 33 later this month, also will generate little interest on the open market. Options for the Lions, who will be searching for a veteran backup: Chad Pennington, Chris Redman, and likely-to-be-cut Rams QB Marc Bulger.
Fri, Jan 8, 2010 04:31:00 PM

Unrestricted free agent Daunte Culpepper indicated that he's leaving the door open on returning to the Lions.

GM Martin Mayhew said Tuesday that Culpepper could be an option as the backup again in 2010. Culpepper responded by saying that he's "honored" to be considered for the role. He should be. The Lions can do a lot better for a veteran clipboard holder.
Thu, Jan 7, 2010 07:05:00 PM

GM Martin Mayhew surprisingly indicated that impending free agent Daunte Culpepper could be back with the Lions next season.

Culpepper was awful in 2009, with a 56.7 completion percentage and three touchdowns to six interceptions. Drew Stanton was even worse, however, and the Lions aren't prepared to turn the No. 2 job over to him.
Thu, Jan 7, 2010 02:11:00 PM

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