No Play For Thigpen?

When it comes to NFL QB’s it’s a hit or miss project.  From guys like Chad Henne to 1st round busts like Ryan Leaf over Peyton Manning.  Henne has shown solid growth and promise but a lock to be the future?  Not yet.  So when the Phins made a trade last year for Tyler Thigpen of KC after the other Chad went down, it was a good move.  A year later and many now expect Thigpen to be traded.  Yet there seems to be no love for the back-up QB with starting experience, in fact, there is no play for Thigpen at all.

Around the NFL teams are jockeying for QB’s who never had it, never will, projects, or over the hill guys on their last legs.  When the free agent markets’ top QB is Chad Pennington…there might be a little bit of lack of QB’s.

Earlier today it was announced that the Seattle Seahawks have swung a deal with San Diego for 3rd string QB Charlie Whitehurst.  Whitehurst has a big arm and a few intangibles but after that, there isn’t much.  The ‘Hawks moved down 20 positions in the 2nd round with SD and gave them their 3rd round pick.  Is it just me or did they give up a lot for a QB who has proven nothing?

Now, I do realize that in the case of Thigpen he has hardly proven to be a winner, but he has arm strength and speed.  He is also young and although he lacks the pedigree of some others, he has started in the NFL and last year almost led Miami to a final game comeback victory.  Yet we hear nothing of teams being interested in him.  Or could it be that the Dolphins simply have no desire to trade him?

There were a few questions heading into free agency that surrounded Miami and their players.  Would Ronnie Brown be a target with only a 1st round tender?  Not even a whisper thus far.  Did the Dolphins make a mistake in only putting a 2nd round tender on Anthony Fasano when so many other teams were in need of a TE?  Nothing.

The Phins also were rumored to have interest in possibly moving Ted Ginn or Greg Camarillo.  Nope, not a thing.  So what gives?  Well, the market may just not be there and that is fine to some degree.  You can’t control what other teams want or who they deem to be the right fit.  Still, when it comes to QB, you would expect a little more.

Let’s face it, the Seahawks are not bringing in Whitehurst to be the starter anymore than Derek Anderson will be guaranteed to start in Arizona.  Or Delhomme will start in Cleveland, or how about the late round pick given to Cleveland along with Peyton Hillis for former 1st round pick Brady Quinn?

The Rams are still wanting to look at QB as are the Bills supposedly but yet neither team seems interested in a QB who has starting experience.  Again, not yet.

The Dolphins may do well by keeping Tyler Thigpen on the roster, but that would also mean they would be willing to keep 4 QB’s on the team unless they can convince Pat White to take up shop as a WR.  Something that some believe he is unwilling to do.  Perhaps maybe that is the issue at hand.  Teams believe that Miami won’t keep all 4 and that they will simply let Thigpen go.  I doubt it.

So while this seems to be the year of the small trade instead of the blockbuster trade, one thing is apparent, no one is talking to the Phins and the Phins  apparently are not talking to anyone else.  Of course if there is  one thing we know about these guys running the show in Miami is this.  We won’t know until they want us to.

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  • Phillip C

    You will know when draft comes and goes and we still have nothing at wide receiver. I am sorry for being a bitch at the team that I love so much and have been rooting for now 40 years. Maybe Tuna will proof us wrong. I was glad to see him come to Miami, but maybe it is time to move on. He still believes that running the ball will win championships. This year’s Superbowl tells us a different story. How many minutes did it take the Colts to beat us. The Saints did it to us as well. Then we had to watch these two teams in the Superbowl. We need a big time receiver and if we don’t get one we will be with a loosing record again this year.

  • CC

    at this point in time, it would be a great mistake to let Thigpen go…let White go, he’s entirely to small and fragile to be in the NFL, he almost got killed already when he got knocked out in that game late in the season….

  • dashall

    Teams know that the Tuna will cut players he no longer needs. They are playing the waiting game. Someone is going to have to go from the QB slot. Don’t count out CP being the one that gets traded. Yes, he has a trade bonus clause built in but that could just be a way of saying thanks for all you have done (AFC East champs, develop CH).

  • dolfan13

    I agree with the article no team in their right mind is going to offer us anything knowing that we wont carry 4 QB’s, I would hope that they evaluate them and figure out which 3 they want and cut the other. I was actually surprised that KC signed Cassel when I thought Thigpen was the better QB, I would cut White and let Thigppen and Henne truly have a competition for the starters spot.