LIONS SIGN QB DAUNTE CULPEPPER
Allen Park, Mich.—The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed QB Daunte Culpepper to a two-year deal. No other terms of his contact were disclosed.
Culpepper (6-4, 260), a three-time Pro Bowler (2001, 2004 and 2005), brings his veteran experience of nine previous NFL seasons and his productivity to the Lions quarterback position. He arrives in Detroit after spending the 2007 season with Oakland, 2006 with Miami and the first seven seasons of his career with Minnesota. Overall, he has completed 1,867-of-2,927 passes for 22,422 yards and 142 touchdowns, and he has registered a career passer rating of 89.9. Among passers with 1,500 career attempts, he ranks sixth all-time in completion percentage (63.8) and seventh all-time in passer rating (89.9). Culpepper has 20 career 300-yard passing games, and he has thrown for two-or-more touchdowns 41 times and three-or-more touchdowns 20 times.
From 2000, Culpepper’s first season as the starting quarterback for the Vikings, through 2004, Culpepper was among the elite passers in the NFL. During those five seasons, Culpepper was third in touchdown passes (129), third in passing yards (18,598) and third in passing rating (93.2). Culpepper threw 53 touchdown passes to WR Randy Moss from 2000-04, which was second-most for any quarterback-receiver combination in the league behind QB Peyton Manning and WR Marvin Harrison (63).
Culpepper made an immediate impact in his first year as a starter in 2001. He led the team to an 11-5 regular season and a berth in the NFC Championship game. That season, Culpepper completed 297-of-474 passes (62.7) for 3,937 yards and 33 touchdowns as he earned his first Pro Bowl selection.
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