Bears cut Jordan Palmer as Jimmy Clausen wins backup quarterback job

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The Chicago Bears announced Sunday that they had released quarterback Jordan Palmer, giving their backup quarterback job to fellow veteran Jimmy Clausen.

Clausen and Palmer had been competing to back up Jay Cutler throughout training camp, with Chicago making the call for Clausen after the team's third preseason game last Friday against the Seattle Seahawks.

The former Notre Dame quarterback was signed by the Bears in June. 

Clausen, a former second-round pick of the Carolina Panthers, played for Carolina from 2010 through last season. He started 10 games for the Panthers in his rookie season and throwing for 1,558 yards, three touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has not seen any other game action.

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Palmer, the younger brother of Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback Carson Palmer, joined the Bears last season after stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, an Arena league team and a United Football League team. He expressed no hard feelings about the Bears' decision to release him.

Former backup quarterback Josh McCown left to become the starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason after throwing for 1,829 yards and 18 touchdowns in relief of Cutler last season.

Chicago also released linebacker Jordan Senn and wide receiver Darius Reynaud, leaving the Bears' roster at 78 players. Teams must cut down to 75 players by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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