It’s been a nice run for Daunte Culpepper. Or has it? Culpepper has long subscribed to a policy of negotiating his own contracts, talking to NFL teams on his own behalf, and keeping the 1-3% he would have otherwise payed an NFLPA agent. It was almost three years ago when I claimed that Culpepper could use an agent. At the time, he was with the Dolphins, but was more busy running his mouth to the media than attempting to show his skill on the field, which would have possibly prevented him from ending up in a trade.
Then, in September of 2008, Culpepper decided that he was going to retire from football. Well, that didn’t exactly work according to plan…but it was definitely something that once again could have been held from the media. SportsAgentBlog.com contributor, Dominic Perilli, said it best back in 2008, when he stated,
Throughout Culpepper’s career, Daunte the agent got in the way of Daunte the quarterback. His focus was often on his contract and getting paid rather than going out there and playing football.
Culpepper started 5 games for the Detroit Lions in 2008 and another 5 games for the Lions in 2009, and he does not want to start 5 games again in 2010. But this time, perhaps, Culpepper has warmed up to the idea of at least having someone experienced in NFL matters help him with the process of finding a good fit.
That man is David Cornwell, whose law firm, DNK Cornwell, has the tagline, Premier Legal Resource for Sports Agents and the Men & Women Who Play Professional Sports. Cornwell lists his expertise in law, negotiations, marketing & licensing, corporate management, and media. Culpepper could probably benefit from most of those services. Some other notes about Cornwell: He has served as the primary counsel for Reggie Bush (New Orleans Saints), Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards), Michael Beasley (Miami Heat), and Darren McFadden, and he also used to be the primary counsel for sports agents Leigh Steinberg, Jeff Moorad, Eugene Parker, Dan Fegan, and Michael Gillis.
Culpepper says that he will still negotiate his own contracts, but will retain Cornwell as an advisor. Whatever the case may be, I believe this is a step in the right direction for Culpepper. This should have been done years ago.