Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Monday that the club claimed two players on waivers on Sunday. The Chiefs claimed CB Rashad Barksdale on waivers from Philadelphia and QB Tyler Thigpen from Minnesota. As per NFL rules, those players will play under terms of their previous contracts.
Barksdale (5-11, 208) originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick (201st overall) of Philadelphia in 2007. He began his collegiate career at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York before transferring to Albany as a junior baseball player. He joined the Great Danes football team as a running back before shifting to safety. He opened 10 games as a senior at Albany, recording 37 tackles and three INTs to earn Mid-Major All-America honors from Football Gazette. The Hudson, New York native was an all-state performer in both baseball and football at Hudson High School.
Thigpen (6-1, 225) entered the NFL as the first of Minnesota’s two seventh-round draft picks (217th overall) in 2007. As a four-year letterman at Costal Carolina, he led the Chanticleers to a 30-8 record. He played in 41 games (39 starts), completing 486 of 879 passes for 6,598 yards with 53 touchdowns and 25 INTs to go with 346 carries for 1,626 yards (4.7 avg.) and 13 scores. Thigpen was named the Big South Conference Offensive Player of the Year and became the first player in school history to earn consensus All-America honors as a senior. The multi-positional performer served as the club’s running back as a senior at Fairfield Central High School in Winnsboro, South Carolina.