In anticipation of the Tuesday deadline for NFL teams to trim their roster down to 75 players, the Chicago Bears have begun making cuts to their roster this weekend.
The Bears informed veteran quarterback Jordan Palmer that he will be released prior to Tuesday’s deadline.
For Palmer, this is the second time in as many years that he has been cut by the Bears during the final week of the pre-season.
Last summer, Palmer was competing with Josh McCown to be the backup quarterback to Jay Cutler. McCown won the competition and Palmer was released after the team’s final pre-season game in 2013. Palmer signed back with the Bears towards the end of the 2013 season after Cutler went down with an injury.
With McCown signing a free agent deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this off-season, Palmer was believed to be on the inside track to being Cutler’s backup this season. All signs pointed to Palmer being the Bears’ No. 2 quarterback until the team signed former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen in June.
Clausen and Palmer entered training camp competing to be the Bears’ No. 2 quarterback this season. Neither quarterback was particularly effective during the Bears’ three pre-season games, though, Clausen has shown the ability to be decisive while also possessing a strong arm.
With Palmer being released, Clausen will presumably be the Bears’ No. 2 quarterback this season.