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With Pennington done, Dolphins get Thigpen

9/29/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The Miami Dolphins have found a primary backup for Chad Henne, and his name is not Pat White.

Thigpen

Two days after losing Chad Pennington to a season-ending shoulder injury, the 0-3 Dolphins dealt an undisclosed draft choice to the Kansas City Chiefs for Tyler Thigpen.

Dolphins football operations boss Bill Parcells is Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli's father-in-law.

"We appreciate the opportunity the Chiefs gave us and we’re excited about this opportunity in Miami," Thigpen’s agent, Joel Turner, told AFC West blogger Bill Williamson. "Bill Parcells is the godfather of NFL personnel to me. For him to want Tyler shows he sees something in him as a quarterback."

Thigpen, a third-year pro from Coastal Carolina, started 11 games last season but became the third quarterback behind Matt Cassel and Brodie Croyle.

Thigpen last year completed 54.8 percent of his passes for 2,608 yards and 18 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. He also ran for 386 yards and three touchdowns.

Could that sort of mobility add an element to the Wildcat that White hasn't been able to?

White has been a disappointment. The Dolphins drafted the scrambler in the second round out of West Virginia and, while other teams scouted him as a receiver, insisted he would be a quarterback.

Throughout the summer, White showed little indication he could be a threat in the passing game.

White, whose spindly body type is typical of a kicker, completed 6 of 16 preseason passes for 31 yards and zero touchdowns with one interception. He ran 11 times for 38 yards.