Clausen signed with the Bears during veteran minicamp last season and served as Jay Cutler's backup for most of the campaign. He started Week 16 against the Lions after Cutler was benched, completing 23 of 39 passes for 181 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. Before that, his last start came in 2010 under current Bears head coach John Fox in Carolina.
Clausen started 10 games for the Panthers his rookie season, throwing three touchdowns and nine interceptions.
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