Now that it appears Scott Pioli has chosen to reunite with Matt Cassell in Kanas City, it would seem likely that KC might want to put Tyler Thigpen on the block to see if they could renet some draft picks.
Thigpen was the 7th round pick of the Vikes in the 07 draft. After failing to make the Vikings, he was picked up on waivers by the Chiefs. He got into one game in his rookie campaign getiing 41 yards while completing a third of his six passes. Last year, due to injury (Bradie Croyle) and ineffectiveness (Damon Huard) Thigpen played in 14 games starting 11 of them. After taking his lumps in his first few starts last year he showed signs in his last 10 games. He finished 6 of those 10 games with a QB rating above 80, 8 above 75 and 9 above 70. The only game in that stretch that was below 70 was the week 16 game aganist the Dolphins that was on the coldest temps of a game played this year. He finished the year with a 76 QB rating, 2, 608 yards and a 18-12 TD-INT ratio. Those stats are in the ballpark of Orton's year 79.6 QB rating, 2,972 yards and an identical TD-INT ratio.
One knock on Thigpen is that he was the product of a shotgun offense that KC was using as their base offense towards the end of last year. However, you could use that knock on Cassell and to a lesser extent Kurt Warner for their production last season. On the plus side he is more mobile than Orton is rushing for 386 yards last year which led NFL QB's. Personel wise Thigpen had a great WR to throw to in Bowe but had no RB to hand off to, which is the opposite issue that Orton had last year. Thigpen is 2 year younger than Orton and has 22 less starts ( a season and a third worth of starts) so he does have some upside going for him. I think he is worth bringing into town for a 4th round pick in 09 or a 2010 conditional pick that would max out at a 2nd rounder if he proves in 09 he is our elusive franchise QB.