And really, there's no reason to think he couldn't win the starting job. Kaepernick is a rookie and Alex Smith is, well, Alex Smith. Saying that Culpepper could start there is not some kind of tremendous compliment.
Neither Niners quarterback could handle the Saints' preseason defense. Smith went 2-of-7 for 10 yards. Kaepernick, with more time, went 9-of-19 for 117 yards and two interceptions. The offensive line couldn't protect anyone, either. Each was sacked three times, and pressured even way more than that. Maybe the thinking is just that they can sign Culpepper for the veteran's minimum and let him step in and take the beating.
Jason La Canfora writes that "several teams" have actually contacted Culpepper, but doesn't mention anyone working him out besides the Niners.
And if the Niners are interested enough to bring him in, it's difficult to imagine he won't make the team. He'd have to be spectacularly bad, right? The only other quarterback on the roster is a fellow named McLeod Bethel-Thompson, a rookie out of Sacramento State. On a team that might very well need their third quarterback, it's probably a good idea to have a better option than McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
- Daunte Culpepper
- Alex Smith
- Colin Kaepernick