Posted at 7:33 PM on November 3, 2008
by David Zingler
Football fans and pundits everywhere were wondering what Daunte Culpepper was thinking when he "retired" two months ago. The former Pro Bowl QB had acted as his own agent since leaving the Vikings in 2006 and when he passed on offers from the Packers and Steelers this summer, you had to think the 31-year-old had lost touch with reality.
Maybe Culpepper knew what he was doing all along. When the erstwhile Vikings star was on the market, he was labeled as "washed up" and "damaged goods". After he retired however, Culpepper became much more intriguing. When Tom Brady went down on opening day, ESPN analyst and former teammate Cris Carter quickly recommended Culpepper as a replacement.
In late October Culpepper predictably un-retired and immediately drew interest. He even cancelled a visit to Kansas City before heading to Detroit and inking a two-year deal (Green Bay and Pittsburgh's offers were for one-year). Now, he could start for the Lions this Sunday against Jacksonville.
Sure the Lions are 0-8, but the bar is low and Culpepper is back in the division he knows best with a Randy Moss-like receiver in Calvin Johnson to throw to. I've never bought into the conventional wisdom that said Daunte was done. This may be his rebirth.
The Vikings visit Motown on December 7, stay tuned....
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