Aug 29, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen (7) hands off to wide receiver Taulib Ikharo (83) during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Bank Of America Stadium. Panthers win 25-10. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Sign Jimmy Clausen

The backup quarterback competition got a little more interesting on Thursday for the Chicago Bears as the team reached an agreement on a contract with former Notre Dame standout Jimmy Clausen.

Clausen broke the news on his twitter handle.

Clausen will now join in competition with rookie David Fales and veteran Jordan Palmer to be the backup to Bears’ starting quarterback Jay Cutler.

Clausen was selected in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. It was in 2010 that Clausen played his last regular season NFL game. Clausen played 13 games for the Panthers during the 2010 season. During the 2010 season, Clausen posted a QBR of 11.0 while throwing for 3 touchdowns against 9 interceptions.

Prior to being selected by the Panthers in 2010, Clausen worked with current Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman in order to prepare for the draft.

Trestman’s work with Clausen will be interesting to watch during training camp. Clausen certainly has the build of a quarterback that could succeed in the NFL but simply has yet to put it together. Trestman has been billed as quarterback whisperer for the Bears and that could spell a change of fortune for the former Notre Dame quarterback.

Clausen will turn 27 in September.

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