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Daunte Culpepper, sans agent, is looking for a job

Daunte Culpepper doesn't need an agent. He's the most proactive free agent around.

The 33-year old, who is an 11-year veteran and three-time Pro Bowler, needs a job after spending last season backing up Matthew Stafford in Detroit. And he's more than happy to represent himself through the process of finding one.

"I'm here," Culpepper told ESPN's AFC East blogger Tim Graham at the owners meetings in Orlando, "to maybe have some conversations with whoever it may be, GMs or player personnel guys or head coaches, just to reiterate that I'm available and see if there were any situations where I can be brought in to contribute to an organization."

Culpepper (pictured getting sacked last season), who has played for Minnesota, Miami, Oakland, and Detroit, is interested in speaking with Buffalo. The Bills have an unsettled quarterback situation, as the crop of Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm hasn't exactly overwhelmed new head coach Chan Gailey.

"They haven't made any moves at quarterback," Culpepper said of the Bills. "I would love to talk to Buffalo. I don't know if they'd have an open mind, but I'd love to talk to them. I would love to have a chance to compete there. Give me the opportunity. I can be the guy."

Said new Bills general manager Buddy Nix about the team's QB status: "I have no idea. I really don't know. I know that's what we got now, and it's open. Chan's made that clear. We're going to see who comes out. The fact that those are the three guys we got, we like all three of them, all of them got redeeming qualities, but if something else comes available, we might add a fourth to the mix. I don't know."

Culpepper, who threw for 945 yards, three TDs and six INTs in eight games last season, called pining for a job at the owners meetings "humbling," but he's excited about the prospects.

He claims he's fully healed from the knee and foot injuries that have slowed him down the past few seasons, and, at this point, he'll take whatever job he can get — especially if there's an opportunity to start.

"I would love to come in and compete for a starting job," Culpepper said. "I feel great physically. I'm 100 percent right now. I'm working on that every day. But whatever the role might be ... If a team needs a veteran backup to come in, either way. I feel I can contribute."

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