|Jags Out of Culpepper Hunt?|
| Del Rio Doesn't Expect Jags to Sign Former Dolphins QB
by Cole Pepper
WOKV Sports Director
The Jaguars may be out of the running for free agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper.
Speaking on the season debut of The Jack Del Rio Show last night on WOKV, the head coach said that the Jaguars weren't negotiating with Culpepper.
"We said we'd investigate it and we have," Del Rio said. "My gut is it's not going to be a fit for us and for him."
The biggest sticking point seems to be that Culpepper wants to be the starter, and as the Jaguars have been saying all along, he would come to Jacksonville as a backup to Byron Leftwich.
"I think it's all about a player and a team finding common ground," Del Rio said. "I'm just telling you that at this point he has other suitors out there and we feel good about our quarterback situation with Byron Leftwich as our starter and David Garrard as our backup."
The Jaguars have been more public in their interest of Culpepper than any other team in the NFL. The Ocala native visited Tampa Bay last week, and there was one unconfirmed report that he visited the Jaguars. Culpepper still must prove that he's ready to play. His knee hasn't been tested on the field since playing in just four games last years for the Dolphins.
The Jaguars open camp with a pair of practices on Saturday. After signing 5th round pick Derek Landri Tuesday, they're still trying to finalize deals with first round pick Reggie Nelson and second rounder Justin Durant. They must have signed contracts in order to participate in training camp.
Here's the Jaguars training camp schedule.
Listen to Del Rio's full comment from Tuesday night's Jack Del Rio Show on the WOKV Jaguars Radio Network.