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Culpepper expresses desire to be Bills' QB

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Daunte Culpepper is looking for a job. He wouldn't mind if it was with the Buffalo Bills.

The unemployed quarterback, who serves as his own agent, was at the NFL owners meetings seeking to convince someone to give him a chance to play next season. He mentioned the Bills as a team he'd be interested in playing for.

"I would love to play for them," Culpepper said Tuesday. "It would be great to have a chance to go up there and compete. All I need is the opportunity. Buffalo, give me a call."

The Bills haven't made any decisions regarding their quarterback situation. Head coach Chan Gailey said Tuesday he has not talked to Culpepper, but added that no one can be ruled out as a candidate for the position.

"We're in a position with our football team where we'll look anywhere, at anybody for any situation," Gailey said. "We can't afford to turn our back and just say, 'Oh no, that's not a possibility.' We have to look at every situation.

"Everything is open to us evaluating and seeing what is the best direction for our football team and who do we want to be a part of this to help us build this thing."

It is uncertain how much the 33-year-old Culpepper has left. A three-time Pro Bowler for the Minnesota Vikings, he threw for more than 4,700 yards and 39 touchdowns in 2004. But he hasn't been the same player since ripping up a knee the following season.

Culpepper spent the past two years in Detroit, starting 10 games. He also played a year with the Miami Dolphins, who have been second-guessed for choosing Culpepper over Drew Brees when both were free agents in 2006.

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Tim Tebow was a hot topic during the AFC coaches breakfast. Coaches raved about the Florida quarterback, who showed off his new throwing motion at the school's Pro Day last week.

"He's got every intangible that you could ever want in a quarterback," said Gailey, whose team is expected to bring Tebow to town for a private workout. "The bottom line on him is, is his delivery going to keep him from being able to play. How much work is there to be done?

"I haven't gotten the tape yet, so I don't know about his workout. But how much work is there yet to be done and how much of a change can he make because if you go with the delivery he had he will really struggle in this league."

There has been talk around the league that Tebow might have to change positions in order to make it in the pros. Gailey said an athlete like Tebow could made the transition if necessary.

"I don't think that's an issue," Gailey said. "Quarterbacks normally are good athletes and smart. Them moving to another position isn't an issue normally if they have the make-up to do that physically and if they want to. There's a bunch of guys who only want to play quarterback."

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick thinks Tebow could play anywhere on the field because of his mentality.

"My sense of Tim Tebow is that if you asked him to play nose [tackle], he'd play nose," Belichick said. "I think he's that kind of kid. Whatever you ask him to do, I think he'd do."

By all accounts, Tebow is determined to play quarterback and someone probably will give him a chance. Several coaches praised Tebow's improvement since his poor showing at the Senior Bowl.

"I think it's obvious that within the last six weeks, that he's worked on his mechanics and they've improved, which is a credit to him," said Belichick, who also has reportedly scheduled a workout for Tebow. "He's very coachable and he works very hard. I'm sure that whatever he feels he needs to do, he'll work very hard at, whatever that is."

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New York Jets coach Rex Ryan may be losing weight, but he hasn't lost any of the bravado that made headlines last season. He made that clear on Tuesday.

"When we were saying things, everybody thought we were crazy," he said. "I don't know if they think we're crazy now. We did go in there, saying we were going to have a dominant defense -- we led the NFL in total defense. We said we were going to have a ground-and-pound offense -- we led the league in rushing. So when I think we have an excellent football team, maybe you should take it to the bank because we've got an excellent football team."

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