Culpepper, Bucs meet

Tampa Bay may be out to sign another quarterback, as free agent Daunte Culpepper and the Bucs met on Thursday.

WDAE 620-AM radio reported Thursday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and free-agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper met in a corporate airline hangar at Tampa International Airport.

Present at the meeting were Culpepper, Bucs head coach Jon Gruden, general manager Bruce Allen and senior personnel assistant Doug Williams.

Culpepper is shopping his services after the Dolphins released him earlier this month.

Culpepper is two years removed from tearing all of the ligaments in his knee while playing for the Minnesota Vikings in 2005. The Vikings dealt Culpepper to the Miami Dolphins last year, where he went 81-of-134 passing for 929 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions before his season ended after just four games.

He did make the Pro Bowl three times as a Viking and had one of the highest passer ratings in NFL history before last season.

After the Dolphins traded for Trent Green, Culpepper's release was a given.

Postins' take Why is it Jon Gruden feels the need to speak to every free-agent quarterback on the market? It's compulsive, almost. If the Bucs signed Culpepper, it would be for a minimum salary, probably backloaded with incentives and roster bonuses. Culpepper won't get much from anyone with his injury woes. More importantly, Gruden's offense doesn't seem to be a good fit for Culpepper. His big arm is more suited for a vertical type of attack, and Gruden's West Coast offense relies on short and intermediate routes. I don't believe Culpepper will become a Buc.

Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. Included among his more than two dozen writing and editing awards are national awards from the PFWA, the National Newspaper Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors, and state awards from the Florida Press Club and the Florida Sports Writers Association, for his coverage of the Buccaneers since 2004.

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