Out of the Race: The Jacksonville Jaguars are now officially out of the not-so, big “sweepstakes” for free agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper. Speaking on the 2007 debut of The Jack Del Rio Show in Jacksonville, the head coach said that the team was not negotiating with Culpepper. Culpepper wants to be the main man, and as the Jaguars have been saying all along, if he joined the team, he would be a backup to franchise QB and often injured Byron Leftwich.
Enter into the Race: I did not see Jacksonville going for Culpepper strongly in the first place, despite all the rumors and talk about Daunte staying in the state of Miami. The obvious destination place for this one-time, (2003) superstar QB will likely be Atlanta for the reason you, me, and the “average Joe” or casual football fan already knows of There is no need to further along the (Vick) discussion, adding more controversy, to an over-talked about subject (broken record, beaten up story) and “hyped” up topic that seems to lose its interest day by day in the eyes of the “true” football fans.
Outlook on Falcons Football: The Atlanta Falcons will sign Culpepper soon because they need to make a move quickly. Former Oregon Duck Joey Harrington is definitely not the right answer for Atlanta, or for that case, any team in the NFL, as he is absolutely not starting-material. If Atlanta goes into the season with Harrington starting, expect RB Jerious Norwood to be counted on heavily – early and often for former Louisville signal caller and new Head Coach Bobby Petrino. Norwood might be the only bright spot on offense down in “Hotlanta” as the job is all but his; with the starter from last year RB Warrick Dunn going through surgery last weekend to repair a herniated disc – Dunn will be forced to miss six weeks of action according to ESPN.com.