Chiefs talking Thigpen trade with Jaguars

The Chiefs have been talking to the Jaguars about QB Tyler Thigpen, according to a league source, but haven’t been able to come to an agreement.

Thigpen is stuck behind starter Matt Cassel in Kansas City, and fellow backup Brodie Croyle, who’s coming off a decent preseason performance and has a close relationship with offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, has been the favorite to win the No. 2 job.

Thigpen did some nice things when starting for the Chiefs last season, and he would welcome the opportunity to move on to an organization where he might have a better shot of getting on the field, according to a source. To this point, the Chiefs have been seeking draft-pick compensation higher than the fifth round, according to a source, while the Jaguars have been dangling a fifth-rounder. The Jaguars are very thin at quarterback, with Todd Bouman and Paul Smith behind starter David Garrard.

The Jaguars also have been in contact with the Buccaneers, who are shopping Byron Leftwich and Luke McCown. Leftwich already was with the Jaguars for much of his career, so that’s not a good fit, and Thigpen has out-performed McCown and is younger with more upside.

The Vikings eventually could shop one of their quarterbacks as well, with several league executives believing Tarvaris Jackson has the best chance of going on the trade market.

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