ALLEN PARK, Mich. The Detroit Lions are turning to a former Pro Bowl quarterback for help in trying to win their first game of the season.
Daunte Culpepper has agreed to a two-year deal with the Lions (0-8) and said Monday he would sign it after taking a physical.
Culpepper, 31, was not expected to arrive in Detroit until late Monday because of prior commitments and the contract might not be official until this morning.
He was a first-round draft choice of Minnesota in 1999 and made three Pro Bowls as a member of the Vikings.
Over nine NFL seasons, Culpepper has completed 64 percent of his passes, thrown 142 touchdowns and run for 33 scores. He had career highs in yards (4,717) and touchdowns (39).
Culpepper had announced plans to retire in September, but worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs and Lions last week.
CLEVELAND: Quarterback Derek Anderson has been benched by the Browns, who will start popular backup Brady Quinn on Thursday night against the Denver Broncos.
HOUSTON: Quarterback Matt Schaub has an injured medial collateral ligament and will be out at least two weeks and possibly up to a month.
MINNESOTA: Minnesota could be without defensive end Jared Allen for this weekend's game against Green Bay. Allen suffered a sprained right shoulder in Sunday's win against Houston.