Daunte Culpepper has a new suitor
A source tells me that Daunte Culpepper is in negotiations with the Oakland Raiders and could settle on a deal with them before the end of the week.
This comes after Peter King reported in SI.com that Culpepper turned down a three-year contract from the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.
So why is this significant? Couple of reasons.
First, as I told you in a previous post, Culpepper actually wants a chance to compete for a starting job this year. That is what he told Bucs officials when he visited with them in Tampa.
In that respect Oakland is a pretty logical place because first round pick JaMarcus Russell is not signed yet and, frankly, may not be signed for a while because the Raiders don't seem too anxious to pay Russell the $43 jillion in guaranteed money the first overall pick is supposed to be getting these days.
Enter Culpepper into the picture with thoughts he might actually sign a one-year deal, learn the system and entrench himself so well that Russell will have to play behind him at least early in the season.
The fact Culpepper is set on getting a one-year deal is the reason he apparently turned down the three-year deal with the Jags. He believes he can rehabilitate his reputation in that one year and collect a big payday next year based on this year's performance.
Give the guy credit for brimming with confidence.
Of course, this is not meant to inspire the tired debate about whether or not the Dolphins should have cut ties with Culpepper. I've already gone on record that they needed to get rid of the guy and simply start over -- it's just how they went about it cutting those ties that wasn't exactly surgical in manner, shall we say.
What I do want to hear from you is whether you think the Raiders are A. Making a big mistake by signing an immobile QB. B. Making a mistake by playing hardball with Russell, their star of tomorrow, and not letting him have the starting job right away. C. Doing the right thing by adding as many talented throwers to their bullpen as they can. D. Just using Culpepper to motivate Russell to sign.