Jimmy Clausen is Jay Cutler’s backup.
Clausen, the former Panther who signed with the Bears this offseason, has beaten out Jordan Palmer for the backup job in Chicago. Palmer is being released, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Palmer entered Friday’s preseason game against Seattle ahead of Clausen, but Bears coach Marc Trestman apparently has decided that Clausen gives the Bears a better chance if Cutler goes down.
Although Clausen started 10 games as a rookie in Carolina in 2010, he hasn’t appeared in a regular-season game since. If anything happens to Cutler, the Bears will have to hope Clausen can be a lot better than he was during his rookie season, when he had a 52.5 percent completion rate, three touchdown passes and nine interceptions.
The Bears are also expected to keep sixth-round rookie David Fales as their third quarterback.