Culpepper's last hurrah -- or opportunity?

June, 7, 2010
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What we originally discussed last month is now official: Former Minnesota and Detroit quarterback Daunte Culpepper has become the highest-profile player in the two-year existence of the United Football League. By signing with the Sacramento Mountain Lions, Culpepper is reunited with two of his former coaches: Dennis Green, who serves as the Mountain Lions' coach/general manager, and Mike Kruczek, the offensive coordinator who once coached Culpepper at Central Florida.

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Here's the full press release if you don't believe me.

The UFL will give Culpepper a chance to extend a career that never recovered from a catastrophic knee injury in 2005. What will be more interesting, however, is whether it affords an opportunity to get back into the NFL.

The UFL's regular season ends in mid-November. Players are then eligible to sign with NFL teams who might need injury replacements for the final two months of the season. Could a team short on quarterback depth bring in Culpepper at a time when he otherwise might not be available? Or is this the final hurrah of a quarterback who once seemed destined for greatness?

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