The Chicago Bears have signed veteran quarterback Jimmy Clausen and waived linebacker Lawrence Wilson.
Clausen is a former second-round pick (48th overall) of the Carolina Panthers in 2010. He spent four seasons with the Panthers, playing in 13 games with 10 starts, all of which came his rookie year. For his career, the former Notre Dame product has a 52.5 completion percentage with three touchdowns and nine interceptions, good for a 58.4 QB rating.
Clausen is familiar with Bears head coach Marc Trestman, who conducted his pro day in 2010. He'll get an opportunity to compete with Jordan Palmer, Jerrod Johnson and David Fales for the backup job behind Jay Cutler.
The move says as much about Johnson and Fales as it does Clausen, who is widely considered an NFL bust. If the Bears felt it necessary to bring in Clausen, they obviously don't feel great about their current crop of backups.
Chicago now has five quarterbacks on the roster.
The official press release:
LAKE FOREST, IL –The Chicago Bears signed QB Jimmy Clausen to a one-year contract and waived LB Lawrence Wilson.
Clausen started 10-of-13 games during his four-year NFL career with the Panthers (2010-13) after being selected by Carolina in the second round (48th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. All 13 appearances came in 2010 when Clausen completed 157-of-299 passing attempts (52.5 percent) for 1,558 yards, three touchdowns and nine interceptions. He added 57 yards on 23 rushing attempts that season.
Wilson spent the 2013 preseason with the Bears and the last seven weeks of the regular season on Chicago's practice squad but did not appear in a regular season game. He has also spent time with Carolina (2011), Tennessee (2012) and New Orleans (2012) but has not appeared in a regular season contest.
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