Some say Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden could never have enough good quarterbacks on his roster.
They might be right.
The Bucs spent part of Thursday afternoon meeting with former Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper in Tampa. According to sources close to the situation, the Bucs did not give Culpepper a workout.
Culpepper, 30, was released by the Miami Dolphins earlier in the week. A former first-round pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, Culpepper played collegiately for the Central Florida Golden Knights.
The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Culpepper has played in just 11 games over the past two seasons due to a serious knee injury he sustained during the latter part of the 2005 season.
Culpepper has started 84 of the 85 games he has played in since entering the league in 1999. He has completed 64.2 percent of his career passes for 21,091 yards and tossed 137 touchdowns and 89 interceptions.
He is also quite mobile, evidenced by the fact that he’s rushed for 2,496 yards and 30 touchdowns on 464 career attempts.
Culpepper had his best pro season in 2004 when he completed 69.2 percent of his passes for 4,717 yards and threw 39 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions with the Vikings.
But after spending seven seasons in Minnesota and suffering the major knee injury in 2005, the Vikings traded Culpepper to the Miami Dolphins during the 2006 offseason.
But Culpepper struggled in Miami. He completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 929 yards and threw two touchdowns and three interceptions in just four games with Miami due to the lingering effects of the knee injury and surgery he had underwent in 2005. Culpepper was also sacked 21 times in four contests before being benched.
Culpepper asked for – and received his wish – to be released by Miami after the Dolphins acquired former Kansas City QB Trent Green in a trade earlier this offseason.
Several other teams, including Jacksonville and Atlanta, are believed to be interested in signing Culpepper.
Tampa Bay currently has seven quarterbacks – Jeff Garcia, Bruce Gradkowski, Luke McCown, Chris Simms, Jake Plummer, Bruce Eugene and Zac Taylor – on its roster.
That might be perceived by some to be plenty of quarterbacks, but while Garcia, who signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent in March, is the frontrunner to win the starting job, Plummer is refusing to play for the Bucs, stating that he is retired.
And with Simms struggling with his throwing form and developing some bad mechanics during the offseason after suffering a season-ending spleen injury in September of 2006, the Bucs are apparently still interested in bolstering their quarterback position before they report to training camp on July 26.
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