NAPA - The news of tonight's practice wasn't practice. It was Lane Kiffin announcing Daunte Culpepper will be here tomorrow morning with a workout.
The team worked him out in Florida and apparently liked what they saw.
What this means, of course, is the team doesn't believe it's close to having JaMarcus Russell in camp. If Culpepper is healthy, he would be the best quarterback on the roster.
The Dolphins released Culpepper July 17. He's played in 11 games over the last two seasons because of a knee injury in Minnesota's seventh game in 2005.
He played in four games last year and eventually had surgery on the knee again late last year.
Even after praising Josh McCown today, Kiffin is obviously serious about competition. He's not going to let anyone feel like his job is safe.
If Culpepper were to join the Raiders, I could see Andrew Walter being traded if the team doesn't want to carry four quarterbacks because Russell will join the team at some point.
That would give Kiffin two experienced quarterbacks (Culpepper and McCown) and allow him to let Russell sit all year like Cincinnati did with Carson Palmer.
So when Russell does show up, he might find the player a lot of scouts compare him to in the same locker room.