DOLPHINS SEND 2010 DRAFT PICK TO KC
With starting quarterback Chad Pennington being placed on Injured Reserve today, the Dolphins only had two healthy quarterbacks on the roster. To fill the void, the team sent an undisclosed 2010 draft choice to Kansas City in exhange for quarterback Tyler Thigpen.
Thigpen, who played college football at Coastal Carolina, entered the NFL in 2007 as a 7th round draft choice by the Minnesota Vikings. After failing to make the final 53 man roster in Minnesota, he was claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs. Thigpen started 11 games last season for the Chiefs compiling an impressive 2,649 yards, 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Thigpen is well known as a spread offense quarterback and will likely be used eventually in the wildcat formation. While Pat White has struggled as a rookie in the wildcat package, Thigpen now gives them another option of a dual run/pass threat out of the formation.
Quarterback Chad Henne will be the starter this Sunday against the Bills and likely the rest of the season. It will not be surprising if Thigpen is initially inserted as the number two quarterback and primary backup to Henne.
While the draft pick that was sent to the Chiefs is undisclosed, it is widely believed that the pick is a late round pick in the likes of a 5th or 6th rounder. The Dolphins actually own the Chiefs 6th and 7th round pick after two trades the teams made this past offseason. It is very possible that the Dolphins have returned one of those picks to Kansas City for Thigpen.
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