Remember all that drama years back with Tyler Thigpen when the Vikings wanted to sneak him onto the practice squad but he was claimed off waivers by the Chiefs and Brad Childress was supposedly distraught over losing him? It looks like the Vikings may have a chance to rectify that ancient mistake. In a tweet, Miami Herald writer Jeff Darlington said free agent Thigpen “has his eyes” on the Vikings as a potential landing spot.
Thigpen also has his eyes on Tennessee, Buffalo, Seattle and Arizona according to Darlington. Whether any of those teams are also eyeing him is something I can’t answer right now. He’s certainly not a name with a lot of buzz attached to him. At best he’d give a team like the Vikings an extra inexpensive option to throw into the training camp mix. He’s certainly no one’s idea of an established veteran bridge QB or even much of a back-up option, at least not compared to a guy like Marc Bulger.
I wouldn’t expect a whole lot from Thigpen if the Vikings did sign him, but who knows? Maybe he’s destined to be a late-bloomer. It would be sort of funny and poetic if, years after the now-fired Childress let him go in favor of Brooks Bollinger, he returned and had success.