Bears release QB Jordan Palmer

Monica Maschak - mmaschak@shawmedia.com Chicago Bears quaterback Jordan Palmer gets hooked mid-throw in the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Soldier Field on Thursday, August 14, 2014. The Bears won, 20-19.

Jimmy Clausen has won the competition to be Jay Cutler’s backup quarterback. 

The Bears released Jordan Palmer on Sunday, handing the reins of the No. 2 role to Clausen, the former second-round pick of the Panthers.

Palmer completed 21-of-30 passes for 225 yards, one touchdown and one interception in three preseason games, good for a passer rating of 88.9. The offense did have two delay of game penalties when Palmer was with the second team in Seattle.

Clausen has completed 24-of-37 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His passer rating this preseason is 94.4.

“Coach Trest didn’t want players to make predictions about this year. As a former Bear I can say that I believe this is a [Super Bowl] team [with] an MVP QB,” Palmer wrote on his Twitter.

“I’ll be wearing Bears gear and supporting the Bears for the rest of my life,” he added. “Regardless of what happens. This is the best [organization] in the NFL.”

Palmer, 30, joined the Bears originally last preseason and played well in the finale. He re-signed with the team in the season following Cutler’s injury, and then again this past offseason. He seemed primed to be the No. 2 quarterback before the Bears signed Clausen during minicamp.

The competition in Bourbonnais allowed Palmer to have the first shot, but while the stats were close in the preseason, Clausen was the better passer, with a stronger arm and more upside. Palmer knew the offense and had the respect of the locker room, but Clausen has gotten a grasp of the offense now, too. 

Rookie David Fales remains a possibility to make the team as a No. 3 quarterback, or join the practice squad, if the Bears choose to risk subjecting him to waivers. For Thursday’s preseason finale in Cleveland, expect Fales to take a majority of the snaps.

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