That didn’t take long.
Yesterday the Chicago Bears released quarterback Jordan Palmer and named Jimmy Clausen their official backup quarterback. Today we learned that their Week 1 opponents, the Buffalo Bills, plan on signing him to a new contract.
The most immediate benefit that the Bills will get from Palmer is loads of information about how the Bears offense operates. Even though head coach Doug Marrone denies it:
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 26, 2014
The Bills play their last preseason game against the Lions this weekend, but I think it’s pretty obvious what the plan is here. Jay Cutler was predictably less than thrilled when he learned the news. Here’s what he told Michael Wright of ESPN a short time ago:
“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 good news is that even if Palmer is able to give them an inside scoop, the Bills still have an inherent disadvantage to overcome in being the Buffalo Bills.