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The Bears couldn't compete financially with what Josh McCown got from Tampa Bay, so they let him walk. Phil Emery and Marc Trestman are going to roll the dice with either Jimmy Clausen or Jordan Palmer.
Palmer knows the offense, having spent last year with the Bears even though he has never started an NFL game. His regular-season experience comes into question, but he did play well in the preseason last year.
Clausen started 10 games in his rookie year, winning only one. He had a very poor 58.4 quarterback rating over the stretch with three touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Clausen and Palmer aren't exactly great options to choose from. Palmer, at 30 years old, is the older of the two, but Clausen could carry more upside if he's able to adapt to Trestman's coaching.
If the team was set on Palmer, then why bring in Clausen to begin with? Palmer struggled through some minor injuries during offseason workouts and his throwing was erratic. Clausen seems hungry to prove he's not a complete bust, and that could carry him a long way in training camp.
It will be a tight battle that will look painful at times, but in the end, it will likely be Clausen by a hair. You just can't put a value on having a decent amount of regular-season experience, even if it was as bad as Clausen's.