Daunte Culpepper is a free agent. He's also self-represented, acting as his own agent. ESPN's Tim Graham reports that Culpepper has been strolling around the NFL owners' meetings, hoping to talk himself up to prospective employers.
In talking with Graham, Culpepper mentioned only one team by name as a franchise he's interested in: the Buffalo Bills.
"I would love to talk to Buffalo," Culpepper said. "I don't know if they'd have an open mind, but I'd love to talk to them. I would love to have a chance to compete there. Give me the opportunity. I can be the guy."
If Buffalo didn't have incentive to find a franchise quarterback before this morning - and you'd think that a decade without playoff football would be incentive enough - Culpepper's interest should be the straw that broke the camel's back. That's not a knock on Culpepper, exactly, though the fact that he hasn't completed 60% of his passes in a season since a four-game stint in Miami in 2006 is a concern. More concerning is he hasn't played more than half a season since 2004.
It's more an indictment of Buffalo, really. This team, thanks to the pool of mediocrity the team employs at the quarterback position, is now the proverbial promised land for washed-up veteran quarterbacks. Not all of them, mind you. Just the ones desperate enough to, quite literally, solicit themselves. (Think the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes has a no soliciting sign?)
At least Culpepper is willing to admit that Buffalo probably wouldn't be interested. Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey seem committed to addressing the quarterback position with a young guy they can groom - something Culpepper is decidedly not.