Thigpen, a 6-1, 216-pound signal-caller from Coastal Carolina, is a seventh-year veteran. Selected one slot ahead of Diles in the same 2007 NFL Draft, 217th overall by the Minnesota Vikings, he spent all or parts of his first three NFL seasons (2007-09) with the Chiefs. In 2011, Thigpen started 11 games, the most extensive action of his career, completing 54.8 percent of his passes for 2,608 yards, with 18 TDs and 12 interceptions.
Traded to Miami early in the 2009 season, he played for the Dolphins through 2010, then spent the 2011-12 seasons as a reserve with the Buffalo Bills.
In six NFL campaigns, Thigpen has a 72.5 passer rating. In 29 games, including 12 starts, he’s completed 275-of-509 passes for 3,222 yards, 21 TDs and 18 interceptions.
The quarterback is a product of Fairfield Central High School in Winnsboro, S.C.