Lions Restructure Daunte Culpepper’s Contract (Seriously)

February 18, 2009 at 3:10 am Leave a comment

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Well, it’s not what I expected.

The Detroit Lions apparently have a plan for the future, and it  involves Daunte Culpepper. Surprised? You probably aren’t the only one. I assumed that the Lions had a plan for the future, but I also assumed that it involved starting a rookie quarterback in 2009 ( a la Falcons with Matt Ryan).

Instead, the Lions restructured Culpepper’s contract and they will keep him around for the last year of his two-year contract. Culpepper came out of retirement last year and began starting for the Lions around the mid-season mark. The Lions still lost all 16 games, but the Lions’ front office found something worth keeping.

Now I’m not saying anything about Daunte or his potential for leading this team, I just thought that Matt Stafford would be tossed into the wolves during Week 1 of the regular season. Daunte can still play but, like any other quarterback, he is only as good as his offensive line.

But one question remains: Do the Lions think very much of Stafford? Of Sanchez? Perhaps the Lions are going to stick with Culpepper for one more season, draft an offensive lineman in 2009 after trading away their first pick, and wait for a deeper quarterback class in coming years.

I can see the logic in the move, but can anyone trust the Lions’ front office?

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