Despite speculation that he might be cut, Buffalo Bills QB Tyler Thigpen remains on the team’s roster and has agreed to a pay cut for the 2012 season. Thigpen had been embroiled in a battle with Vince Young for the backup quarterback position with the Bills this offseason. Young was released by Buffalo but the team quickly acquired veteran Tarvaris Jackson from the Seattle Seahawks.
As reported by ESPN.com, Thigpen has agreed to a $1 million dollar pay cut and will now earn $1.5 million for the 2012 season while in the second year of a three-year deal.
Speaking to ESPN, Thigpen said, “There were a lot of reasons behind it. My agent talked to them, and I’m just glad to be here, and looking forward to the season.”
The offer to take the reduction in salary most likely stems from the belief that he would have eventually been released once Jackson learned more of the Bills offense. Buffalo now will carry four quarterbacks on their roster for the 2012 season although Brad Smith also plays wide receiver and runs the Bills version of the wildcat packages.