Former CCU standout Thigpen reaches deal with Buffalo Bills

July 27, 2011 

Former Coastal Carolina quarterback Tyler Thigpen has reached an agreement with the Buffalo Bills on a three-year contract, the Buffalo News reported Wednesday morning.

Free agent contracts can't formally be signed until 6 p.m. Friday, but Thigpen's agent, Joel Turner, confirmed in the report that an oral agreement has been reached. Terms were not disclosed.

Thigpen spent last season with the Miami Dolphins, completing 33 of 62 passes (53.2 percent) while passing for 435 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He appeared in five games and drew one start in 2010 after being acquired by the Dolphins the previous season from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Thigpen's move to Buffalo as an unrestricted free agent reunites him with Bills head coach Chan Gailey, who was the offensive coordinator with the Chiefs in 2008 during the quarterback's best season as a pro. Thigpen passed for 2,608 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while also rushing for 386 yards and three scores that year.

"He's looking extremely forward to it," Turner told the Buffalo News. "He loves Chan. He knows the system. He knows the coach. His heartstrings were pulling him to Buffalo. We had six teams call us and we had two others that were very legitimate suitors."

Thigpen, who is the Chanticleers' all-time leader with 6,598 passing yards during his collegiate career, is projected as the Bills' backup quarterback behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, who passed for 3,000 yards, 23 touchdowns and 15 interceptions last year.

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