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Tyler Thigpen takes $1 million pay cut to stay in Buffalo

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The Bills spent $350,000 on Vince Young and got nothing for their money, but they’ve saved money on another quarterback.

Tyler Thigpen, the backup quarterback who surprisingly survived last week’s roster cuts and made Buffalo’s 53-man roster, agreed to a $1 million pay cut to stay with the Bills, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Thigpen’s decision to take less money makes the Bills’ decision to keep him around more understandable. When the Bills traded for Tarvaris Jackson, it appeared that Jackson would be the primary backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick, and that both Young and Thigpen would be on the way out, and that Brad Smith, who’s listed as a quarterback but plays mostly receiver and special teams, would function as the third-string quarterback.

Instead, Thigpen remains along with Fitzpatrick, Jackson and Smith, as the Bills decided Young was the only quarterback they didn’t want.

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18 Responses to “Tyler Thigpen takes $1 million pay cut to stay in Buffalo”
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 2, 2012 9:49 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks Young’s release wasn’t talent related?

  2. jrs1972 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:03 PM

    Normal people would take a pay cut to get away from buffalo. Drug test this guy immediately.

  3. doe22us says: Sep 2, 2012 10:26 PM

    Who was the player in lieu of getting released was offered a chance to reduce their base salary to $700,000. I think he may have been a bears RB. The dude needless to say rejected the pay cut, and was released. I think he may still be looking for a job opening as we speak. Now you dont have to be a finnance/mba candidate to know that some $$$ is better than a big old goose egg.

  4. raiderapologist says: Sep 2, 2012 10:45 PM

    Thigpen took a 1 million dollar pay cut. So what is he making now?

  5. ghostfacenoah says: Sep 2, 2012 11:25 PM

    This is exactly why players hold out. Owners don’t have any qualms asking players to take a million dollar pay cut, players should exercise the same right. Football is a sport where your career is short and you really have to look out for yourself when playing. I get why MJD heldout.

  6. truebuffalo says: Sep 3, 2012 12:21 AM

    Yeah he took a 1 million dollar pay cut… Until after week two and he’s cut and unemployeed. He’ll be replaced by a Wideout. I won’t mention any names because were currently hiding that player.

  7. meana55 says: Sep 3, 2012 12:51 AM

    I wish I could take a million dollar paycut and still “feed my family”.

  8. nathanbetz91 says: Sep 3, 2012 1:00 AM

    what choice does he have, he sucks? arguably the worst qb in the league and amazing that at one point made over a million dollars. they should just offer him minimum wage

  9. deucedropper says: Sep 3, 2012 1:03 AM

    Put ‘em all together and you almost have a Pro Bowl – caliber QB.

  10. applecool1981 says: Sep 3, 2012 5:45 AM

    doe22us says: Sep 2, 2012 10:26 PM

    “Who was the player in lieu of getting released was offered a chance to reduce their base salary to $700,000. I think he may have been a bears RB. The dude needless to say rejected the pay cut, and was released. I think he may still be looking for a job opening as we speak. Now you dont have to be a finnance/mba candidate to know that some $$$ is better than a big old goose egg.”

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    Especially in his case; no one would’ve offered him anything above the league minimum and at that even with injuries, who knows if any team would have him.

  11. applecool1981 says: Sep 3, 2012 5:51 AM

    raiderapologist says: Sep 2, 2012 10:45 PM

    “Thigpen took a 1 million dollar pay cut. So what is he making now?”

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    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/buffalo-bills/tyler-thigpen/

    He signed a deal for 3 yrs 9 million dollars in the 2011 off season. He made 2.5 million dollars last year with the signing bonus. He was set to make 2 million including his bonus but now will make 1 million I guess; It’s still more than he’s worth but to cut him they would’ve had to give him a million dollars anyway. He makes 3.5 million next year. If they don’t cut him this year, they will cut him next year for only 500,000 unless he takes a cut of salary.

  12. eventhorizon04 says: Sep 3, 2012 7:02 AM

    “Yeah he took a 1 million dollar pay cut… Until after week two and he’s cut and unemployeed. He’ll be replaced by a Wideout. I won’t mention any names because were currently hiding that player.”

    …Veterans’ salaries are fully guaranteed if they’re on the week 1 roster.

    He gets paid the same amount of money whether he’s on the roster for 16 games or just game 1.

  13. theandy59 says: Sep 3, 2012 7:21 AM

    doe22us says: Sep 2, 2012 10:26 PM

    Who was the player in lieu of getting released was offered a chance to reduce their base salary to $700,000. I think he may have been a bears RB. The dude needless to say rejected the pay cut, and was released. I think he may still be looking for a job opening as we speak. Now you dont have to be a finnance/mba candidate to know that some $$$ is better than a big old goose
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    Maybe the running back in question has a minimum amount of money he’s willing to accept for getting slammed in to by 250-300lb defensive players on a regular basis. You know, there are some people in this world who make decisions that consider a few more factors than just money….

  14. 315judman says: Sep 3, 2012 7:34 AM

    I wonder if NE was anticipating a cut here, and only kept 2 QBs. Thinking they could go in and pick up Thigpen.

  15. slickster35 says: Sep 3, 2012 10:13 AM

    Why in gods name would NE want Thigpen? They just cut Hoyer.

  16. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 3, 2012 12:24 PM

    The Pat’s have tremendous hopes for Mallett and a pretty reliable guy in Brady. I think it’s pretty obvious they feel safe rolling with 2 QB’s for now.

  17. 315judman says: Sep 3, 2012 3:08 PM

    You guys are spot on… the Pats would have nothing to gain from a backup qb who has worked with Gailey in both KC and BUF.

    NE has line issues and two QBs. I am really curious to see the season progress for that team.

  18. applecool1981 says: Sep 4, 2012 12:15 AM

    I totally agree that there would be no reason for the Pats to want Thigpen but maybe the Bills, who still need a capable back up should want Hoyer; in the limited action that he’s seen, he’s seemed solid and had solid preseasons his last three before this one. Just like the Patriots, the Bills should take Hoyer over Thigpen.

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