After drafting LSU QB JaMarcus Russell with the very first pick back in April, the Oakland Raiders had their quarterback of the future. With training camp now underway, that quarterback is still at his home in Mobile, Alabama negotiating a contract while Andrew Walter and Josh McCown split reps in practice. Enter Daunte Culpepper.
I don’t believe this is going to be a long-term association for Daunte Culpepper and the Oakland Raiders. I don’t think it’s a great place to play. But in a rebuilding year for Oakland, Daunte will also be rebuilding. This one-year contract is more like a one-year audition for the rest of the NFL.
Daunte Culpepper is in Oakland to compete for a starting job this season. But he’s also there to admittedly help prep JaMarcus Russell for his inevitable role of starting QB and team leader. If JaMarcus shows up, that is. My guess is that Daunte will fulfill his one-year contract with Oakland to mixed reviews. He’ll flash the big arm and the things he does well when he’s healthy. There will be some promise that his best days are not behind him. But ultimately this team isn’t very good and that will have a direct effect on how well Daunte’s “audition” goes. The hope here is that he will have played well enough to show people he can still quarterback in this league without damaging himself physically in the process. Then maybe he can get into a better system that will give him a better chance of success in 2008.
Podcast Alert: BPR70 Mike Furrey
Last season, Detroit Lions WR Mike Furrey was one of the NFL’s best, finishing first in the NFC and second in the entire NFL with 98 receptions. It was a storybook season that culminated with a new three-year contract to stay in Detroit. Not bad for a guy who lived out of his truck at times while playing in the XFL and Arena League. Now with the addition of all-world rookie wideout Calvin Johnson, the Lions are poised to explode as one of the league’s most powerful offenses. As Detroit opened training camp in Allen Park, Michigan, I spoke with Mike about his offseason, his expectations for the upcoming season and much more.
Tim Couch Signs With Jacksonville Jaguars
Former #1 draft pick Tim Couch signed a two-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars today. I guess this puts to rest any chance that Daunte Culpepper will play in Jax. I was surprised by this move. Tim hasn’t played a down in the NFL since the 2004 preseason in Green Bay. He worked out for Chicago and Cincinnati in 2005, but neither team signed him. He worked out for Tennessee, Miami, Pittsburgh and Houston last year.
Tim took a beating during his years in Cleveland, both from the Browns’ opponents and the fans. In all fairness, though, he played on some pretty bad teams.
Anyway, he’ll get a chance to revive his career as a backup to QBs Byron Leftwich and David Garrard (Quinn Gray is on the PUP list). He’ll need to make the team first and if he does, he’ll be the third-stringer, so it’s not exactly reviving his career. The contract, which did not include a signing bonus, will pay Tim the veteran minimum of $595,000 this season. He would earn slightly more in 2008.