Bears Sign QB Jimmy Clausen

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    FWIW when asked about the signing of Clausen at this late date Trestman's response was "it just worked out that way" and he said that Palmer was given a heads up that they were still looking at vet QBs to bring for competition so this wasn't exactly a back door move. I think it was all just part of the plan to begin with and that it's possible Clausen was a guy they were targeting all along once he was 100% healthy. That would fit the way they often do things.
     
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    That would at least in part explain the late signing if Clausen was looking for a better deal somewhere else. No really risk in this. If he makes the team even as a #3 he's a bargain.
     
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    Come on, give him a chance.
     
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    I'm giving him a chance, it's the Bears that are killing him
     
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    Oh I do lb. He got exactly the same chance as the other three and maybe even a little better given the fact that he's seen far more time behind center in some NFL games. Carolina wasn't doing all that well at the time so it was a tough spot for him to walk into and be expected to succeed big time. The real problem was he didn't even succeed "small time". Maybe that's made him a bit more humble than he was when he arrived on the scene.

    The way I'm looking at it is that he's a guy who could just as easily be seen as a developmental prospect as Fales. Clausen is 3 years older (26 vs 23) but still young enough to easily fit into the category and he and Trestman have some history so we're talking about a guy he's already had some time to evaluate. As much of a conceited prick as he may have been at ND and when he was drafted he's a tough little SOB and in that regard as well as his attitude not all that dissimilar from Jimmy Mac. Maybe his NFL fortunes to date have enforced a little more maturity into him.

    I think Palmer still has the inside track to the #2 spot based on his knowledge of the offense and the relationship he has with Trestman, Cavanaugh and Cutler. Palmer has made a point of studying McCown's progression as a backup prospect on last years OTAs all the way through his starts during the season and also of his relationship with Cutler. He's looking to duplicate that and the entire Bears organization wants him to as well. If it ain't broke don't try to fix it. Whatever Jimmy Clausen may bring to the table it will be tough to trump the intangibles Palmer offers.

    I think he's here more to push Palmer a bit and to see if he has matured enough to put him in the mix for that #2 spot next season. He was a guy who was once touted as a top ten draft pick but dropped into the second round primarily based on his attitude and behavior prior to the draft. He could definitely benefitted from another year at ND (he left after his Jr. year) and from gaining a little humility and maturity. If he's ready to do that now he may have a place on the team as a #3 this year and a #2 in waiting for next year. With his experience he should be able to beat Fales out for that spot and send Fales to the PS for a year of seasoning.

    If it works out this way it leaves the Bears with two vet QBs as backups one of whom, presumably Clausen, will run the scout team in weekly practices while he studies and learns Trestman's offense in meetings. He won't get very many reps in practice. Two vet QBs with a combined cap cost of $1.375 mil is pretty good considering that we couldn't have touched anyone else for under $2 mil in all likelihood. So the price is right and all that's left to find out is whether either or both of them can play well enough to be a compliment to the offense if and when needed.
     
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    I think Clausen is going to surprise some people and beat out Palmer for the #2 spot.

    Palmer will be #3 and David Fales will go to the practice squad after clearing waivers.

    Johnson will get cut.
     
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    Where it gets interesting ... The Draft ...6th round pick ... Clausen comes online ...

    Now you have both.
     

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