ESPN is reporting that the Lions have signed former Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper to a two-year deal. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed and it appears the official deal won't be signed until Monday.
This creates a very interesting situation for the Lions who continue to play Dan Orlovsky, despite the fact that he could very likely be gone next season. Meanwhile, Drew Stanton rests on the bench, not having taken a single NFL snap. I would like to see Stanton play before we write him off as not being our guy. This move serves without a doubt as a tryout for Daunte to see if he can be our starter in 2009.
I am interested to see how Daunte connects with Calvin Johnson. If you don't recall, Daunte and Randy Moss were the NFL's hottest duo for a couple years in Minnesota (Nevermind Oakland). If Daunte proves to be healthy and can create that same rapport with Calvin, the Lions would have a much better shot at winning each week, and I would be a much happier man.
I assume the opportunity to throw to a guy like Calvin was what enticed Culpepper to Detroit in the first place. That, and the fact that the Chiefs were the only other team showing a real interest in him. I guess it feels pretty good knowing that a three-time Pro Bowler chose the Lions over the Chiefs. \
If this chance to play for the Lions doesn't allow Daunte to end his career right, on a high note; it will most certainly provide him a great reason to pull out that hideous, Lions looking fur coat from his closet and wear it proudly.