Daunte Culpepper is probably not going to have a job once the season starts…but it didn’t have to be that way. Reportedly, the Packers offered the former Vikings QB a 1-year, $1 million contract to sit behind Aaron Rodgers. But Daunte felt it was beneath his dignity to accept a backup role and walked. Said Donald Driver:
Daunte’s a good guy but I guess he felt like he wanted to come in and vie for a starting spot and [the Packers] already knew who their starting quarterback was. So what do you do? They felt like if he didn’t want the title to be a backup, you have to move on.
Bad move by Daunte. Rodgers may be the starter now, but he’s far from an established guy. There’s a very good chance of him falling on his face, in which case Daunte would’ve been poised to step right in and play the hero…and gotten a shot at revenge against the Purple.
On the list of things that have hurt Daunte’s career, his own stubbornness ranks slightly above the knee injury.
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