ORLANDO, Fla. — Free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper is making the rounds at the NFL Annual Meeting, hoping to get some conversation with a team, or two, at the least. The former Lions quarterback represents himself, so he said he figured this forum would be the best way to gain an audience since his phone hasn’t been ringing.
Culpepper lives and trains in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and drove about three hours to the meetings Sunday night. He said he’s in good shape and would be ready to work out for a team right away.
Culpepper is a big guy, so it was hard to tell what type of shape he is in — at least to the naked eye.
Dressed in a white T-shirt and denim shorts, Culpepper told me he’s willing to play any role as long as he’s given a chance. With so many quarterbacks — including Charlie Whitehurst, Jake Delhomme and Derek Anderson, among others — already changing teams and finding work, it will be interesting to see how Culpepper is viewed and if a team will give him an opportunity. I would think so. Culpepper has been in this position before and has found work. He’ll probably have to wait until close to training camp to get an offer, but better late than never.
As awkward as it was watching him hustle for an audience, I give Culpepper credit for making an effort.