Ireland happy with Thigpen, White at QB

INDIANAPOLIS -- While a weird rumor about the Buffalo Bills being interested in Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell is floating around, Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland seemed to shoot down another bit of speculation that has refused to die.


ThigpenThigpenSince the Bills hired head coach Chan Gailey, readers have been asking me if there's any truth the Bills were targeting Dolphins backup quarterback Tyler Thigpen.

I have no idea where those whispers came from aside from the link Gailey and Thigpen had with the Kansas City Chiefs.

It made no sense to me the moment I heard it. The Dolphins liked Thigpen enough to trade for him last year. To turn around and deal him a half-year later -- within the division, no less -- is implausible.

At the NFL scouting combine on Thursday, Ireland said Thigpen and sophomore Pat White will vie for the No. 2 job behind Chad Henne.

"They're going to be fighting for the No. 2, No. 3 position," Ireland said. "I think Tyler's going to go into it thinking 'I can win this job,' and Pat's got to do the same thing. We feel like we've got three young, good quarterbacks on this roster that can contribute to this team."

Ireland also commented on Chad Pennington's potential future with the team. Pennington is an unrestricted free agent coming off a third reconstructive surgery on his throwing shoulder.

With Henne the unquestioned starter -- Ireland called him "our quarterback and the future of our organization right now" -- Pennington wouldn't be brought in to compete for the job.

"We've talked to Chad on a number of different avenues," Ireland said. "Obviously, that's a decision that would show you my cards on where we're going in our offseason plan. I like Chad a lot. I think he's tremendous for the team, a tremendous leader. But those decisions will be coming later."

As for the Bills' quarterback situation, Gailey was vague and mentioned neither Trent Edwards nor Ryan Fitzpatrick by name.

"You know, every team in the league that doesn't have an All-Pro quarterback or somebody that got votes for All-Pro is looking to improve their position," Gailey said. "So I think that if you look at every position on the field, you are always trying to upgrade your football team.

"We'll evaluate what’s available and if we can improve our situation, we'll try to improve it. Everybody is trying to do that at every position -- not just quarterback, but every position."