With the NFL deadline of teams trimming their rosters down to 75 players coming up on Tuesday, the Chicago Bears wasted no time in making some significant decisions on Sunday. The most resent casualty among the Monsters of the Midway is quarterback Jordan Palmer.
Entering organized team activities this summer, Palmer seemed to be the undisputed candidate to be the primary backup to Jay Cutler going into the 2014 regular season. It was when the Bears decided to sign Jimmy Clausen that created a competition for the No. 2 QB spot.
Clausen appeared to be the favorite among Chicago’s coaching staff during training camp, and his play during the preseason proved to fans why the Bears’ coaches felt that way. The release of Palmer pretty much lets everyone know that Clausen will be Chicago’s backup quarterback.
Making this decision right now couldn’t come at a better time for the Bears. The battle to back up Cutler was one of the biggest competitions Chicago had this summer. Now that it’s over and done with, the Bears can concentrate on something much more important: the safety position.
Along with Palmer, the Bears also made the decision of cutting ties with safety Adrian Wilson. The 14-year veteran didn’t play with the first-string defense in any of the first three preseason games, which was a big indicator that he wasn’t going to crack the starting lineup for Week 1 of the regular season.
It’s looking like Ryan Mundy and Danny McCray could be the starting strong and free safeties respectively for the Bears come Sept. 7. Even with that almost set in stone, Chicago still has to evaluate M.D. Jennings, Craig Steltz, Chris Conte and rookie Brock Vereen to see who will round out the depth at the safety position.
Now that Palmer is a thing of the past, Chicago can spend most of their time and effort on focusing on the part of their team that gave them the most problems last year.