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Scuttled Culpepper visit not bad for K.C.

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Last week, I suggested it was a good move for the Chiefs to pursue veteran quarterback Daunte Culpepper.

My main reasoning was that the Chiefs have no legitimate quarterback and even though they were in the midst of a youth movement, they needed a quarterback. But that was before Tyler Thigpen played so well Sunday against the Jets. Now, I think the cancelled visit by Culpepper, who is now talking to Detroit, is the best for the team.

I'm not saying Thigpen is the answer because he had one game. But I am saying Thigpen showed in the Chiefs' 28-24 loss to the Jetss that he can be a capable quarterback. He threw for 280 yards, he threw two touchdown passes and he wasn't intercepted. Thigpen completed his first 10 pass attempts of the game.

Thigpen, in his second NFL start, showed he is capable of playing more. The Chiefs are looking for their quarterback of the future. Culpepper wouldn't be it. He'd be a stop gap. That would be important if the Chiefs didn't have any other options.

But right now, Thigpen is an option he didn't appear to be last week. There are several young Kansas City players who are playing for their future. Now, Thigpen is one of them.
It is best for the team that Thigpen gets more playing time the rest of this season rather than trying to sign a veteran to be the starter.