Daunte Culpepper Signing with the Lions … Not Those Lions
Daunte Culpepper was a one-time star in the NFL but a major knee injury disrupted his career. After getting his knee shredded, Culpepper was never the same and he bounced around from Oakland to Detroit where he played the last two seasons. Over the last five years, Culpepper has struggled throwing just 20 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. Apparently Daunte’s decided he’s done chasing backup jobs in the NFL and he wants to take his chances in another league. Adam Schefter says Culpepper is on the verge of signing with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL, a team coached by Denny Green.
The Mountain Lions are one of two UFL teams that moved after the 2009 inaugural season. They were the California Redwoods prior to their move while the New York Sentinels moved to Hartford to become the Colonials. Additionally, the UFL expanded to a fifth team, adding in the Omaha Nighthawks for the upcoming season. Although attendance was lower than expected last year, the league anticipated losing money its first few years in operation so it’s tough to tell if they’ll make it. Still, with guys like Culpepper moving over, the UFL is gaining more relevancy because of the NFL names on their rosters. I don’t think much of Culpepper but if Brooks Bollinger is a stud in the league then there’s definitely hope for Daunte.
Sources: Culpepper, Sacramento close [Adam Schefter/ESPN]