Jordan Palmer to Bills: Latest Contract Details, Reaction, More

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2014

Chicago Bears quarteback Jordan Palmer (2) passes against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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With the NFL season rapidly approaching, the Buffalo Bills shored up their quarterback depth Monday with the addition of Jordan Palmer. Field Yates of ESPN brought the move to light:

Palmer has only played in four regular-season contests throughout his career, all for the Cincinnati Bengals. In fact, he is probably best known for being the brother of Carson, though the younger Palmer did see time in all three of the Chicago Bears' preseason games thus far in 2014.

Palmer threw for a combined 225 yards in those contests with one touchdown and one interception. However, he lost the backup job to Jimmy Clausen and was subsequently released. 

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Buffalo was quick to swoop in, and it may have an eye on its Week 1 contest with those very same Bears if USA Today’s Joe Marino’s update rings true:

In retrospect, Palmer’s tweet after being let go by the Bears is a bit awkward, considering they are his next regular-season opponent:

Palmer seemed to be getting a better grasp of the Bears offense before he was released, via Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk:

"I’ve been running this system for the past few weeks and OTA’s so I’m feeling very comfortable. It’s all about going through your progressions, getting the ball out of your hands because there’s so many guys who can make plays in this offense."

Sports Illustrated's Peter King was impressed by the signing as well:

The fact that Palmer was becoming more comfortable in Chicago’s offense as the preseason continued is good news for the Bills on two fronts. He could very well help in the preparation for the Bears as the season approaches if he understands the offense, but a greater comfort level on the field will likely lead to better results.

At least that’s the hope for the Bills.

Palmer will compete with Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel behind E.J. Manuel on Buffalo's depth chart.