It appears as though Jimmy Clausen has won the Bears’ No. 2 quarterback job, as Chicago has released fellow QB Jordan Palmer, tweets Adam Schefter of ESPN. The two had been competing to back up starter Jay Cutler, and Clausen has had more preseason success.
Palmer, the younger brother of Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, spent last season with the Bears as the No. 3 QB, behind Cutler and Josh McCown. A sixth-round pick in 2008, the 30-year-old Palmer has also spent time with the Bengals and the Jaguars. He has logged just 15 pass attempts in his career.
Clausen, 26, was a Panthers second-rounder in 2010 — he started 10 games during his rookie year, completing just 52.5% of his passes to go along with three touchdowns and nine interceptions. Carolina drafted Cam Newton first overall in 2011, rendering Clausen obsolete. He signed a one-year deal with Chicago in June, and has completed nearly 65% of his passes during the preseason.