Cutler: Palmer signing with Bills 'not ideal'

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler called Jordan Palmer’s decision to sign with Buffalo “not an ideal situation,” considering the teams clash Sept. 7 in Week 1 at Soldier Field.

Cutler expects Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz to be pumping Palmer for information about Chicago’s offense immediately.

“It’s not exactly what you want,” Cutler said. “He can give them things I’m sure. He knows snap counts, some of the stuff we do with our checks, what plays we like. But they still have to defend it. So we won’t change much if anything, maybe a few tweaks here and there. But we’ll just have to go play football and see how it goes.”

The Bears terminated Palmer’s contract on Sunday, and on Monday officially named Jimmy Clausen the club’s No. 2 quarterback. Palmer and Clausen had battled for the No. 2 spot during training camp, and although they put up similar numbers in preseason games, the Bears chose Clausen because of his youth, experience and upside.

Palmer signed with the Bills on Monday night to back up second-year quarterback EJ Manuel.