Daunte Culpepper Wants to Return to the NFL

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IOctober 24, 2008

Just 49 days after retiring from the NFL, former Raiders, Dolphins, and Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper has decided to take a shot at getting back into the league. He has been contacted by the Kansas City Chiefs and was contacted earlier by the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans.

Many felt that the New England Patriots should sign the quarterback after future Hall of Famer Tom Brady went down in Week One with a knee injury. They felt that he could use another chance with Randy Moss, a former teammate of Culpepper's who is now a Patriots wide receiver.

Culpepper was seen as a better quarterback than Matt Cassel, who is now the starter (Cassel threw for three touchdowns on Monday Night Football, two were to Moss). Cassel hadn't started a regular season game since high school until Week Two.

In an E-mail that was sent Thursday afternoon, he wrote:

“I am going to take another shot at getting back in the League. A number of teams have contacted me since my retirement announcement and have provided some important information that has caused me to reconsider returning to the League. As much as I have enjoyed my brief break from playing, I know that I love the game and I have some unfinished business in the NFL. It has never been because of a lack of passion for the game but rather, the absence of a fair opportunity to compete and play that caused me to retire. Now that there are some real opportunities that match my desire to play, I will choose the one that is the best fit for both the team and me so that I can continue my NFL career. For the second half of this season, I hope to play a role in helping a team win some games. I want to thank all of those who encouraged me to ‘keep a light on’ for the right NFL opportunity that would eventually come back to me.”

It must be a year for retiree comebacks.