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Daunte Culpepper DJing at Tryst Nightclub in Las Vegas?

UPDATE: The PR rep for Tryst tells LBS that the person picture is NOT Daunte Culpepper. It’s actually resident DJ Derrick Anthony who happens to strongly resemble Culpepper.

Our buddy Peter Burns passed along a picture of former NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper DJing at Tryst nightclub in Las Vegas. We can’t 100% confirm that it’s Daunte, but it sure looks like him. To the best of our knowledge, he’s not doing much else so he probably has the time to hang out at Vegas clubs.

Culpepper last played in the NFL in 2009 with the Lions. He spent last season with the Sacramento UFL team. We heard he’s pretty mean at spinning the 1s and 2s.

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.

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Sources: Culpepper, Sacramento close [Adam Schefter/ESPN]

Why the Interest in Daunte Culpepper?

There’s no secret that when a Pro Bowl quarterback becomes available, teams are interested. It happened with Trent Green and Jake Plummer and Jeff Garcia, and even Brian Griese, and now it’s happening with Daunte Culpepper. (Which is more surprising, that teams are interested, or that those five guys have all been to Hawaii?). Anywhoo, Adam Schefter’s most recent notes column on NFL.com suggests the Jaguars have shown the most interest in the Moss-made man. My question is why? Have teams not seen what’s he’s done (or not done) the past few seasons? Why would they even bring him in for a look? I’d rather go with a 7th round pick, or even an undrafted free agent over Daunte.

For every stellar NFL season Culpepper has enjoyed (read: one in 2004), he has been equally horrendous three more times. Back in the day before I had this crappy blog working, I used to brush up my nastiness on FOXsports.com’s blogs. I authored a post there titled Daunte Culpepper: The Most OVERRATED QB in the NFL. That was before his whole Miami meltdown too. And since I already wrote enough over there, I’ll just quote it for you:

By the time he tragically left Minnesota following his knee injury, the amazing 3 time Pro Bowl QB was 37 and 40 as a starter. (Technically he’s 37-41 but I’m letting him off the hook for last year’s loss to Carolina when he hurt his knee). You do the math. Throw the 20,000+ yards and 135 TDs in my face, and I’ll say what about his 86 interceptions and 36 fumbles lost, giving him a hideous 122 turnovers!

See the problem is that there are still people blinded by Culpepper’s 39 touchdown, 4,700 yard season. The reality is that he was highly overrated before the knee injury, and now he’s much worse. The guy can’t move. That leaves him almost nothing to offer an NFL team. So I repeat, why the interest in Daunte Culpepper?