Thigpen gets a new chance in Miami

September, 29, 2009
9/29/09
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


The Kansas City Chiefs' decision to trade reserve quarterback Tyler Thigpen to Miami for an undisclosed draft pick should be a good deal for everyone involved.

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The Chiefs get an extra draft pick. The Dolphins get a player with starting experience, and Thigpen gets a chance for new NFL life.

The Chiefs had been considering trading Thigpen for about a month. They had a surplus at quarterback and Thigpen was the No. 3 on the depth chart. A move was expected now that starter Matt Cassel is healthy. The team had four quarterback as insurance when Cassel was recovering from a knee injury. Now, Brodie Croyle and Matt Gutierrez are the backups in Kansas City.

Thigpen seemed like the odd man out when the Chiefs’ new brass decided to go with Croyle as the No. 2 quarterback. Kansas City was seemingly waiting for another team to come calling after it lost a quarterback to injury. That is exactly what happened. Chad Pennington was lost for the season and the Dolphins needed a quarterback. Thigpen was one of the best options available. The Dolphins and Chiefs finalized the deal around lunchtime Tuesday.

Thigpen is an intriguing player. He moved the ball when he started in the second half of last season. But he’s not a great fit for most systems. He is a freelancer who seems suited for the spread offense. Thigpen has his weak spots and he throws his share of interceptions. But he is a dangerous scrambler and he can move the chains.

Last December, then-Kansas City star tight end Tony Gonzalez said it would be a “disgrace” if Kansas City didn’t give Thigpen a chance to start in 2009. He felt that strongly about him.

But, of course, a lot has changed in Kansas City since then. There is a new regime and Thigpen never appeared to be in the team’s plans.

His agent is happy for the new chance.

“We appreciate the opportunity the Chiefs gave us and ... we’re excited about this opportunity,” Thigpen’s agent, Joel Turner, said. “Bill Parcells is the godfather of NFL personnel men. For him to want Tyler shows he sees something in him as a quarterback.”

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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