Thigpen would garner interest on trade market

August, 26, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

ESPN's Adam Schefter said on "SportsCenter" Wednesday that the Chiefs are shopping backup quarterback Tyler Thigpen.

















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It makes plenty of sense to me. Thigpen is clearly not in the new regime's plans in Kansas City. Yet, he has experience and talent. He could fit in, certainly as a backup elsewhere.

I think a trade would be best for the Chiefs and for Thigpen. There doesn't appear to be any room for him.

Brodie Croyle has played well and the new coaching staff likes him. He seems like he's locked in as the backup to Matt Cassel. The Chiefs claimed quarterback Matt Gutierrez off waivers from New England. Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli had Gutierrez in New England and Gutierrez has been given a long look since being claimed. He appears to have the inside track to be the No. 3 quarterback.

Then there's Thigpen who appears to be on the outside looking in.

Still, Thigpen could be a solid No. 2 quarterback in several cities.

Yes, he is more comfortable in a spread, shotgun offense, but he has skills. Former Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez raved about Thigpen last year. If Kansas City doesn't want him, it should pursue a trade. They can perhaps get a fourth-round to sixth-round pick for him.

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ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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