Culpepper reconsiders retirement, making himself available

Updated: October 23, 2008, 3:31 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Contacted by the Kansas City Chiefs this week and other teams in the past two months, Daunte Culpepper has reconsidered his retirement plans and is making himself available for the right opportunity.

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Culpepper announced his retirement at the young age of 31 earlier this season because of his frustration of not getting more than one-year offers during the offseason after he left the Oakland Raiders.

The Chiefs ended up signing Quinn Gray after placing Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard on the injured reserve list. Though Culpepper didn't jump at that opportunity this week, he's willing to listen to any chance to return to the league that makes sense to him.

"A number of teams have contacted me since my retirement announcement and have provided some important information that has caused me to reconsider returning to the league," Culpepper said in an e-mail. "As much as I have enjoyed my brief break from playing, I know that I love the game and I have some unfinished business in the NFL. It has never been because of a lack of passion for the game but rather the absence of a fair opportunity to complete and play that caused me to retire.

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"Now that there are some real opportunities that match my desire to play, I will choose the one that is the best fit for both the team and me so that I can continue my NFL career. For the second half of this season, I hope to play a role in helping a team win some games. I want to thank all of those who encouraged me to 'keep a light on' for the right NFL opportunity that would eventually come back to me," he said.

Culpepper is his own agent. In nine seasons, he completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 22,422 yards and 142 touchdowns. Culpepper has 90 career starts.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

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