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Tyler Thigpen headed to Buffalo


Tyler Thigpen will reunite with Chan Gailey in Buffalo, giving the Bills another overlooked and underrated veteran quarterback option.

A league source tells PFT that Thigpen agreed to a three-year deal with Buffalo.  The Vikings were also involved in heavy discussions with Thigpen, but ultimately the former seventh-round pick of the Vikings chose the Bills instead.

Yes, it appears Donovan McNabb was the backup plan to Thigpen.

Thigpen was highly productive in Kansas City under Gailey despite an unstable situation around him.  (He threw 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2008 and made some incredible plays with his feett.)

Ryan Fitzpatrick is the clear starter, but Thigpen gives Buffalo another athletic option that knows Gailey’s system.  Thigpen is big upgrade from Brian Brohm, who was Fitzpatrick’s backup last year.

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25 Responses to “Tyler Thigpen headed to Buffalo”
  1. pioliforprez says: Jul 26, 2011 11:32 PM


  2. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 26, 2011 11:33 PM

    Probably not a bad signing, all things considered.

  3. xstaticonradio says: Jul 26, 2011 11:33 PM

    I like this. He was really good with Gailey as his OC in KC, and we don’t need to worry about Brohm ever playing a snap now.

  4. drumzan says: Jul 26, 2011 11:35 PM

    As a Phin fan, was hoping he’d stick around for another year. However, it seemed obvious for a while now that he’d be in Buffalo next year.

  5. sketchydave says: Jul 26, 2011 11:36 PM

    Saw this coming. Solid pickup for bills, insures Fitz is starter.

  6. wannstache says: Jul 26, 2011 11:38 PM

    Bad move on Miami’s part. Pat Devlin, really?

  7. yelix says: Jul 26, 2011 11:40 PM

    That was one of the worst Chiefs seasons ever, but he had us in more winning situations than losing (even though we still always lost). Definitely has a unique skill set and is fun to watch. He isn’t going to start, but at least he has a job.

  8. valman61 says: Jul 26, 2011 11:41 PM

    Plax to visit Giants tomorrow for his only scheduled visit, courtesy of the star ledger. Pft I know your busy so I’m adding a mention of a story I want to read your take on. What do you guys know? Still just for show or is there a real chance he’s back to big blue?

  9. pegula4president says: Jul 26, 2011 11:44 PM


    superbowl bound… 🙂

  10. adamc0nley says: Jul 26, 2011 11:48 PM

    Fitzpatrick’s beard is penciled in as #3 on the depth chart.

  11. deadeye says: Jul 26, 2011 11:49 PM

    “Bad move on Miami’s part. Pat Devlin, really?”


    You wait and see, Devlin will start by midseason and lead Miami into the playoffs. In my dreams…

  12. trbowman says: Jul 26, 2011 11:52 PM

    No question Thigpen is an upgrade, but Brohm gets a bad rap. Looked good when he had time in the pocket against the Jets in week 17. Box score scouting ftl.

  13. xstaticonradio says: Jul 27, 2011 12:07 AM

    No question Thigpen is an upgrade, but Brohm gets a bad rap. Looked good when he had time in the pocket against the Jets in week 17. Box score scouting ftl.


    I’ve watched every snap Brohm’s had as an NFL starter, he’s awful. And it’s relatively fair to assess his performance using the box scores considering Fitzpatrick played behind the same line the whole year and did fine.

  14. bosshogg9ner says: Jul 27, 2011 12:20 AM

    Your all out of you fkng mind! Another loser ass qb joining a loser ass team. Sorry bills fans nothing personal. Why doesn’t the front office up in buffalo step it up and bring in hasslebeck? Just saying. Maybe mcnabb or somebody that’s not to much of a loser? Just saying

  15. frostbelt says: Jul 27, 2011 12:28 AM


  16. trbowman says: Jul 27, 2011 12:40 AM

    “I’ve watched every snap Brohm’s had as an NFL starter, he’s awful. And it’s relatively fair to assess his performance using the box scores considering Fitzpatrick played behind the same line the whole year and did fine”

    Fitz has mobility that covered up for the deficiencies of the Bills line. Brohm does not. And it wasn’t the same line. Erik Pears and Chad Rinehart both started that game against the Jets.

    Brohm got murdered out there. He didn’t have a shot. The two interceptions I saw were as a result of getting hit as he was throwing. The third? I wouldn’t know, turned off that game after the third quarter.

    When he had a clean pocket, Brohm looked good. His first pass was a dart to Stevie Johnson and had Stevie not fumbled it, it probably would’ve led to points.

    Jets defensive line dominated the Bills. I’m not saying Brohm is good but, anyone who watched the Jets game would tell you Brohm didn’t have a chance out there.

    I hope he gets another shot next year , it won’t be in Buffalo though.

  17. stonedolphin89 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:56 AM

    Bills recycling more of what falls off the Dolphins wagon. It’s kinda sad. Miami picks up whatever Dallas leaves behind, Bills do the same for Miami. At least it’s environmentally friendly! Haha.

  18. skoobyfl says: Jul 27, 2011 5:11 AM

    They improved by losing a ILB & fill a hole at backup QB, all good moves.

  19. donterrelli says: Jul 27, 2011 8:28 AM

    underrated veteran quarterback option?


  20. dierks33 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:05 AM

    that season the Thigbone was QB for the chiefs made the season watchable, he’s fun to watch but theres a reason why there were so many games we lost by no more than 7 points, he just cant win you a game, he may not lose you a game but in the 4th quater down by 4 points with 60 yards or more to go and two minutes left on the clock, not the guy you want to (i would say under center but he is horrible under center) in shotgun taking the snaps throwing ducks to your recevers…. LMAO but he’s fun to watch.

  21. sandiegobuffalo says: Jul 27, 2011 1:13 PM

    If the Bills front office thinks this move will excite anyone other than Gailey they are wrong.
    They lost Pozlusny today. He was average but somewhat solid with zero talent around him.
    I hope they add some decent free agents or it is a clear indication that they have no interest in getting better or selling tickets, only making money and turning fans off to the point we stop going and then they can cite poor support when they make plans to leave.
    What was once the best run operation in the NFL is bottom 3 for a decade plus….
    Bills fans deserve better.

  22. jpmelon says: Jul 27, 2011 1:34 PM

    Much better than Brian Brohm….an undeniable upgrade.

  23. billsthicknthin says: Jul 27, 2011 4:08 PM

    great signing, he’s a BACKUP… a guy with a skill set similar to Fitz that is best operating the spread, so if Fitz goes down we’ll have a relatively smooth transition and still compete. As to losing Poz, he’s a good LB when healthy but he KILLED us in pass coverage, especially on third down. How many times did you see Poz give up a first down and then tackle the guy from behind?

  24. simmnuts says: Jul 27, 2011 5:02 PM

    I dont see how anybody can act like this isnt a great signing for the Bills, You gotta take this for what it is, Its solidifying the backup quarterback roll with a guy who already knows the system and has some talent..Of course this isnt the long term answer at QB but thats not what the front office was trying to do here

  25. mdnittlion says: Jul 27, 2011 9:22 PM

    Tyler Welcome to “The Real Black Hole” where talent goes in and completely becomes irrelevant on the National Stage. No draft pick, free agent or guy off the street with some skills is ever heard from again once their plane touches down in the city of Buffalo. I’m starting to think the real Bermuda Triangle is in upstate and only applies to the Bills roster.

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