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Chiefs, Broncos are good spots for Culpepper

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Daunte Culpepper story could end in the AFC West.

It wouldn't be a surprise at all if Culpepper landed in the division. Culpepper, who last played in Oakland last season, is now open to playing again and his signing in Denver or Kansas City makes sense. The Chiefs would likely use Culpepper as the starter and Denver would use him as a backup to Jay Cutler now that Patrick Ramsey is out for the season with an elbow injury.

It makes more sense for Culpepper to end up with the Chiefs. The team did contact him Monday because of season ending injuries suffered by both Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard in a 34-10 loss to Tennessee. The 1-5 Chiefs now have to resort to third stringer Tyler Thigpen as their quarterback. They also have backups Ingle Martin and the newly signed Quinn Gray. None of these three players appear to be the answer to help make the Chiefs competitive in the final 10 games of the season.

Culpepper would at least give the Chiefs a fighting chance. While Culpepper wants to return to a winner, there are no starting quarterback jobs available with a winner. If the Chiefs were to give Culpepper a two or three-year deal, he might be enticed.

The Chiefs will have to try to find their quarterback of the future in either the next draft or in 2010, depending on who is available. Culpepper could be a nice bridge for them for the rest of this season and while they groom the future starter.

The Chiefs, knee deep in a youth movement, don't want to sign any players over 29. Culpepper is 31. But they need to stray from plan in this particular case. After all, somebody has to be their quarterback. This is an emergency situation and Culpepper would be a nice solution.

As for Denver, Cutler is going to be backed up by Darrel Hackney, who will be promoted from the practice squad when Denver returns from its bye. Hackney has no NFL experience. If Cutler were to go down even for a game, Denver would be in trouble. Having a veteran option like Culpepper would be nice for Denver.

Thus, both of these AFC West teams seem like good options for Culpepper. Stay tuned to see if it happens.