Oct. 14, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback (4) Tyler Thigpen against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Bills defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kansas City Chiefs QB Signs With Cleveland

Former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, and one-time starting quarterback, Tyler Thigpen has signed a deal with the Cleveland Browns.

It doesn’t come as too much of a surprise as former Chiefs front office man Ray Farmer is now the general manager for the Browns. Adding some depth at quarterback with someone he already knows is a good move for a first-year GM.

Thigpen was with the Chiefs from 2007 to 2009, and was traded mid-season to the Miami Dolphins in September of 2009. Thigpen started 11 games for the Chiefs in 2008, the last season of Herm Edwards and Carl Peterson. He threw for 18 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and 2,608 yards, with the team going 1-10 in his starts.

Thigpen has been with Buffalo the last two seasons and has not started a game since 2010.


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  • Norman Gunn

    Thigpen averaged more yards and touchdown per game in his 11 games of starting compared to Alex Smith 2013 season. I actually thought Thigpen had enough talent to start in the league. He was a running joke because of the pistol and read option offense he ran (and now every team is trying to run a similar offense). The guy obviously is worth something because he is still in the league today compared to many other quarterbacks.

    • Bosco Cletus

      Won a lot of games too didn’t he?

    • PunjabiPete

      Yes, it’s all about averaging a lot of yards and getting touchdowns per game, that’s WAY better than actually winning them. Thigpen is a nice guy, but he is not an NFL quarterback. Alex Smith, on the other hand, is an NFL quarterback

    • berttheclock

      That is very misleading. Yes, he started 11 games for the Chiefs, but, he played in 14, so, his stats are from 14 games, not 11. He rushed for 386 yards, but, Alex Smith rushed for 431 yards in 15 games and AS only played in 15 games. AS had a better completion average than Thigpen, 60.6 to 54.8. Smith had better ratings than Thigpen, 89.1 to 76 for Thigpen. In addition, AS threw 23 TDs with only 7 picks. TT threw 18 with 12. Better research, Norman, better research. The true running joke is your trying to equate Thigpen with Alex Smith.

      • BWrangler

        I’ll stick with Alex. The offense will be 100% his this year and I foresee him getting some help on offense in the draft.

      • Norman Gunn

        Point is, there isn’t that big of a difference between Thigpen versus Smith. Compare Thigpen’s first season to Smith’s and I am pretty sure Thigpen blows him away. I am not even looking at wins. Thigpen had zero talent around him on that team.

    • berttheclock

      When Thigpen went to MIami in a trade, the Dolphins paid him the last two years of the 4 year deal he had signed with KC. In 2009, that was $450 thou and $550 thou in 2010. He rarely played during those two years. Then, he signed a three year deal with Buffalo $2.5 M to play back up and, once again, he rarely played. The second year he had to agree to taking a one million dollar cut in pay in order to stay with the Bills and, again, he rarely played. His new deal is similar to the one the Browns gave Vince Young and those are minimal backup pay behind Hoyer. Remember, the Browns are going to take a new QB in the draft and use Hoyer as his future backup.

  • tm1946

    Do not see the need for this article. Most teams need an extra arm for training camp. He will not be on any roster by the start of the season, good guy but is at the end. Browns has two roster QBs and may draft one more in this draft.

  • berttheclock

    Also, not mentioned above is Thigpen spent two years with Miami and two years with Buffalo under two completely coaches and rarely played, even though one of them liked a running QB. This was after his one decent 14 games with 11 of them being used as a starter with the Chiefs. He has landed a walk on salary with the Browns only because of the original KC connection. Ray Farmer has, also, hired a former staff member of the Chiefs to hold hands with Gordon to keep him in line.