Report: Lions, Culpepper Reach Two-Year Deal

After a workout on Tuesday, the Detroit Lions thought enough of Daunte Culpepper to give him a chance.

After a workout on Tuesday, the Detroit Lions thought enough of Daunte Culpepper to give him a chance.

But it might be more of a reflection on the team's needs than the three-time Pro Bowler's availability.

The Lions, according to a Detroit Free Press report, agreed to a two-year deal with the former Minnesota Viking signal caller.

Winless in 2008, Detroit (0-7) previously worked out free-agent quarterback Tim Rattay, but it was Culpepper's history that likely sealed the deal.

A former first-round pick of Minnesota's in 1998, Culpepper has accumulated over 22,000 passing yards and 94 touchdowns in his career. He also has an average QB rating of 89.9. His numbers are considerably stronger than Lions' starter Dan Orlovsky, who has struggled to move the ball consistently since taking over as the team's starter four weeks ago.

However, Culpepper is still considered a risk.

One league source told RoarReport.com that the interest in Culpepper across the league was "luke-warm," but that Detroit was the only realistic option considering its situation at quarterback. Culpepper suffered a disastrous knee injury in 2005 and hasn't been the same player since.

Even when he was healthy, the only winning season that Culpepper posted as a starting quarterback was in 2000, when he led the Vikings to an 11-5 finish and appearance in the NFC Championship game.

Culpepper was 2-4 as the starter in Oakland last season, tossing as many touchdowns (5) as interceptions.

Pending a physical, Culpepper will likely join the team following Sunday's contest at Chicago.


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