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Does Culpepper’s Contract Set Him Up for a Release?

Booth Newspapers reports today that it appears that Daunte Culpepper’s contract may be setting him up to actually be released:

Daunte Culpepper is currently the Detroit Lions’ No. 1 quarterback and, at worst, he’s expected to go into the season as the team’s No. 2 (behind rookie first-round pick Matthew Stafford). However, the Lions have given themselves some wiggle room if they decide to go in another direction with Culpepper.

At the start of free agency in late February, Culpepper’s contract called for him to make a roster bonus of $2.5 million at that time and then make an additional $2.5 million in salary during the season. Because the Lions didn’t want to pay the bonus at the time, Culpepper agreed to restructure his deal.

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2 Responses to “Does Culpepper’s Contract Set Him Up for a Release?”

  1. Todd Tennis says:

    Although I think Detroit’s front office is doing a diligent job working out other veteran QBs, I think that unless Culpepper faces an injury or other major setback in the preseason, he will at the very least be on the roster come game one.

    Even if Mayhew wisely structured Daunte’s contract to be as risk-free to the team as possible, I still think he is worth the bonuses and salary even if he is just Stafford’s backup.

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