Daunte Culpepper is back. Or at least he wants to be back.

After announcing his retirement from the NFL earlier this season, the former Vikings quarterback has distributed to media outlets an e-mail in which he expressed his desire to play again.

"A number of teams have contacted me since my retirement announcement and have provided some important information that has caused me to reconsider returning to the league," Culpepper said. "As much as I have enjoyed my brief break from playing, I know that I love the game and I have some unfinished business in the NFL. It has never been because of a lack of passion for the game but rather the absence of a fair opportunity to compete and play that caused me to retire.

"Now that there are some real opportunities that match my desire to play, I will choose the one that is the best fit for both the team and me so that I can continue my NFL career. For the second half of this season, I hope to play a role in helping a team win some games. I want to thank all of those who encouraged me to 'keep a light on' for the right NFL opportunity that would eventually come back to me."

There is speculation that Denver might have interest in Culpepper after placing Patrick Ramsey on injured reserve. The Broncos have a bye this week.