KANSAS CITY, Mo — One of the Chiefs' most unlikely, exciting and unpredictable playmakers is on the move, and Kansas City is again stockpiling for the future.
The Chiefs on Tuesday traded quarterback Tyler Thigpen to Miami for an undisclosed draft pick, the second time in a month that Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli worked a trade with the Dolphins, whose executive vice president for football operations, Bill Parcells, is Pioli's father-in-law. The Chiefs acquired offensive linemen Andy Alleman and Ikechuku Ndukwe from Miami last month, also for undisclosed picks.
That was the first part of a busy day for the Chiefs' front office. To fill Thigpen's roster spot, the Chiefs reportedly signed former Arizona tight end Leonard Pope on Tuesday. The 6-foot-8, 264-pounder was a third-round pick in 2006.
They also released veteran linebacker Monty Beisel and cornerback Ricardo Colclough. Kansas City has two open roster spots, which could be filled by signing free agents or by promoting players from the practice squad. Tight end Tom Crabtree was released from the practice squad, and tackle Chris Patrick was signed to replace him.
Thigpen started 11 games for the Chiefs last year, after Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard suffered season-ending injuries. Thigpen was erratic at times and outstanding at others, but he never established the consistency that Pioli and first-year coach Todd Haley preferred from their quarterbacks.
Thigpen was in for two plays in Kansas City's regular-season opener at Baltimore, but he had been the team's third quarterback since training camp. Thigpen's agent, Joel Turner, said he didn't think Thigpen asked to be traded after he ended last season as the Chiefs' incumbent starter.
"He was perfectly happy there. He felt like he was doing a good job and doing his part on the ball club," said Turner, who also represents Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop. "I appreciate him being there in the first place. They gave the young man an opportunity to do what he did for last year.
"This is a good opportunity for him. He's just going to go down there and go to work."
The Chiefs did not make Pioli or Haley available Tuesday. Thigpen was traveling to Miami on Tuesday afternoon and wasn't available for interviews, Turner said. Thigpen is expected to join the Dolphins for today's practice.
Thigpen will join the Dolphins at an opportune time if the third-year passer is hungry for playing time. Miami's starter, Chad Pennington, is expected to miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Backup Chad Henne, a second-round pick last year, reportedly had been slated to take over as the Dolphins' full-time starter in 2010. Henne could get his first career start during Sunday's contest against Buffalo.
Miami also has another quarterback, Pat White, who was drafted this year to run the team's Wildcat offense. Thigpen, the anchor of the Chiefs' spread offense last season, also could run the Wildcat. The 25-year-old Thigpen passed for 2,608 yards last year and rushed for 386 more, combining for 21 touchdowns.
He also did something that Croyle and Chiefs starter Matt Cassel have yet to do: win a game in a Kansas City uniform. Thigpen led the Chiefs to a 20-13 victory at Oakland last season, passing for 162 yards and a touchdown.
Thigpen had been mentioned for weeks in trade rumors, including a brief flirtation last month with Jacksonville. The Jaguars offered a fifth-round pick for Thigpen.
"Whatever happens, happens," Thigpen said in August. "That's not in my control, so I'm not going to worry about it."