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Raiders sign Culpepper to one-year deal

Ex-Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper looks down field to throw during fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans in NFL football action in Miami, Florida September 24, 2006 file photo. The Oakland Raiders signed Culpepper to a one-year free agent contract on Tuesday, bringing in the veteran to provide competition and help guide top draft pick JaMarcus Russell in his rookie season. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Oakland Raiders signed quarterback Daunte Culpepper to a one-year free agent contract on Tuesday, bringing in the veteran to provide competition and help guide top draft pick JaMarcus Russell in his rookie season.

“We are excited to have Daunte, to add him to the mix and see if he can help us,” Oakland coach Lonnie Kiffin said in a statement.

“We think that he adds definite competition.”

Russell, the first pick in the NFL draft, has yet to sign with the team and is not at training camp.

Culpepper joins Josh McCown and Andrew Walter as quarterbacks on the Raider roster.

The 30-year-old Culpepper played the first seven years of his career with the Minnesota Vikings before spending a disastrous season with the Miami Dolphins.

He began last year as Miami’s starter but was sacked 21 times in the first four games. He has thrown for 21,091 yards, 137 touchdowns and 89 interceptions.

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