TMP: Is another Dennis Green explosion on tap?
Here at the Daily Jolt, we prefer our coffee on the stove top and not from the electric drip machine. We're just old-school that way. Here's what's happening this Tuesday morning...
…First thing’s first. While researching potential photographs of Lord Stanley’s Cup for a celebratory ode to my Chicago Blackhawks (did I just jinx it?), I ran into quite possibly the greatest photo of all time. It’s directly to your right (in case it didn’t immediately jump out at you or you missed it prominently displayed on the Daily Jolt's main page), and because it’s so great I’ve decided to make it Hayden Leslie Panettiere week here at the National Football Post’s Daily Jolt. So enjoy picture No. 1. All Hayden all of the time. Or at least it should be, right?
…Daunte Culpepper has a new home — and a new league. The former Minnesota Vikings star has agreed to a contract with the UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions, where he will play for Dennis Green, his former coach with the Vikings. The three-time Pro Bowler, who was the 11th overall selection by the Vikings in the 1999 NFL draft, also spent time with the Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders and the Detroit Lions during his NFL career. He spent last season with the Lions, where he finished as a backup to Matthew Stafford.
“My goal for this year was to get on the field and play football,” said Culpepper. “When the opportunity came for me to sign with the UFL and play for coach Green in Sacramento I could not resist. I am impressed with his approach to the game and to his players.
“I am also excited to be reunited with my college coach Mike Kruczek as the offensive coordinator. I am expecting to have a lot of fun running a wide-open offense and being a part of the United Football League. California here I come!”
Culpepper will attend a press conference on Wednesday and begin minicamp the next day.
In 11 NFL seasons, Culpepper has thrown for 24,153 yards with 149 touchdowns and 82 interceptions while also adding 2,652 rushing yards and 34 scores.
I could only imagine how Green would react if Culpepper helps the Mountain Lions to blow a second-half lead in a crucial contest against the storied Hartford Colonials franchise. Could another Coors Light moment be in store?
…Patrick Crayton — who isn’t good enough to even be considered a diva wideout — will reportedly end his diva ways this week and show up for the final week of the Cowboys’ voluntary offseason workout program. Agent Fred Lyles sent a text message to ESPN Dallas informing the website that Crayton will participate in OTA’s beginning Tuesday. I’m sure all the residents in the entire city of Dallas were on the edge of their seats waiting for the news and were glad to hear that the wideout doesn’t want to be a distraction. Crayton had been lobbying for a trade or release since the Cowboys selected Dez Bryant in the draft. Dallas also has Miles Austin and Roy Williams atop the depth chart to go along with Crayton, who signed a $14 million, four-year contract with the team and will make a base salary of $2 million in 2010.
...Is it time for Clemson fans to start worrying about their 2010 Tigers? Quarterback Kyle Parker was taken by the Colorado Rockies with the 26th overall pick in the MLB Draft last night, furthering speculation that Parker has too good of a situation to pass up on the baseball diamond. If Parker ultimately chooses the baseball path, redshirt freshman Tajh Boyd would be in line to be the Tigers' signal-caller. Boyd has plenty of talent, but even with a veteran defense the Tigers would be in trouble this fall with him under center. Teams would be able to stack the line and stop running backs Andre Ellington and Jamie Harper, making the offense one dimensional. Behind Boyd, there's veteran backup Michael Wade, who played mostly safety in the spring, along with walk-ons Donny McElveen and Taylor Ogle. Of course, Parker could return to the gridiron — which I ultimately thought he would do. But it's a serious situation worth monitoring for sure.
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