Daunte Culpepper could be making the short move from Miami to Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly have the most interest in signing Culpepper out of any of the teams in the running. The Jaguars recently called starting quarterback David Gerrard into the front office to have a talk with him.
According to sources the Jaguars to Gerrard that he was still their starter but that signing Culpepper would put a spark into the fans of the Jaguars because Culpepper was a star at the University of Central Florida. Byron Leftwich is also entering the final year of his contract and it is unlikely the Jaguars will resign him, opening up a potential roster spot for Culpepper, especially if they trade Leftwich.
“I was told we have to bring him in to look at him,” Garrard told the Florida Times-Union. “[Culpepper] has a good relationship with Mike Tice from their days together in Minnesota. If I’m the owner and I can get somebody cheap like that, I’d be dumb not to [consider it].”
Another team that would make sense for Culpepper would be the Baltimore Ravens according to ESPN’s John Clayton. Baltimore signed current starting quarterback Steve McNair for only two or three years since McNair is getting closer towards retirement. After McNair on the Ravens depth chart is embattled quarterback Kyle Boller who is entering the last year on his contract. Since Boller lost his starting job to McNair he will probably not be worth resigning for the Ravens.
If Culpepper were to sign with either the Ravens or the Jaguars he could probably command the same $3 million a year salary that former starters Joey Harrington and David Carr recently signed. Although Culpepper, a former pro-bowler, has a better history than Carr or Harrington it would be hard to justify a backup making any more than that.
The Miami Dolphins recently released Culpepper after they signed former Kansas City quarterback Trent Green to be their starting quarterback. This was probably the worst possible time for Culpepper to be released as most teams that were in the market for a quarterback, even a backup, had already gone out and signed players.
The Miami Dolphins signed Culpepper with much fanfare after his breakout seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Most experts now think that Culpepper was rushed back to the field much too quickly after tearing his ACL in a game while playing for the Vikings.
Carolina could have been a good destination from Culpepper but they recently signed David Carr to be their backup. The Texans also might have been interested in Culpepper but they recently signed former Atlanta backup Matt Shaub to be their starter.
The best chance for Culpepper to earn another starting job is to either sign with a team where he could compete to start or to wait by the phone after the start of mini camps to see if any starting quarterbacks get injured.