It hasn't been all bad news on the free agency front for the Buffalo Bills today. Hours after losing Paul Posluszny to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Bills have signed quarterback Tyler Thigpen, according to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Kelly reports the deal as being for three years.
Thigpen had five offers on the table, one of which was from the Dolphins, but opted to play for a team and coach that fully believes in his unorthodox approach and gambling style.
Thigpen has been at the top of several lists as a possible target for the Bills because of his relationship with head coach Chan Gailey. Gailey was Thigpen's offensive coordinator during the 2008 season with the Kansas City Chiefs. It was Thigpen's best season as a pro, where he started 11 games and passed for 2,608 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Thigpen will serve as backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick, and provides starting experience as well as knowledge of Gailey's tendencies. He also worked with offensive coordinator Curits Modkins in Kansas City.
Thigpen started one game for the Miami Dolphins in 2010, throwing only 62 passes as the third-string quarterback. He had two touchdowns and two interceptions.