Lions Restructure Culpepper

The Detroit Lions have restructured the contract of Daunte Culpepper.  There has been no terms released yet.

Many Lions fans will take this to mean that the Lions are not going to pick a QB first overall, but I am not one of them.  I do not think this is a sign that Culpepper will be the starter.

Signing Culpepper avoids a 2.5 million dollar bonus due to Culpepper.  The Lions were better to sign Culpepper to an extended contract and distribute that money over a longer period.

The signing also is likely a smoke-screen for other teams who may have interest in the #1 spot in the draft.  Matt Stafford will be the first QB off the board this year, which will make a trade with KC, The Jets etc. more likely.  If more teams think the Lions will not take Stafford then they may be eager to beat KC to the punch.  KC picks #3.