Monday, June 7, 2010
Culpepper joins Sacramento of UFL
ESPN.com news services
Quarterback Daunte Culpepper is reuniting with coach Dennis Green in the United Football League.
Culpepper signed with the UFL's Sacramento Mountain Lions on Monday where he will play for Green, who drafted the quarterback with the 11th overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft for the Minnesota Vikings.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter first reported last month that Culpepper and the UFL team were close to a deal.
Culpepper will officially be introduced by the Mountain Lions at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.
"My goal for this year was to get on the field and play football," Culpepper said in a statement released by the league. "When the opportunity came for me to sign with the UFL and play for coach Green in Sacramento I could not resist. I am impressed with his approach to the game and to his players."
In Culpepper's first full NFL season with Green in 2000 the quarterback threw for a league-leading 33 touchdowns and rushed for seven more.
"Bringing a player of Daunte's caliber to the Mountain Lions is a major step forward not only for the team but also for the UFL," Green said in the statement. "He is a player who will excite the fans here and will be an integral part of the team we are building that we hope can bring a championship to Sacramento. On a personal note, I am delighted to be reunited with Daunte."
He was a backup with the Detroit Lions last season but had struggled to find a new NFL team this offseason.
In 11 NFL seasons with the Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders and Lions, Culpepper has thrown for 24,153 yards with 149 touchdowns and 82 interceptions. He has also rushed for 2,652 yards and 34 touchdowns.