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Report: Jordan Palmer next up on Bills backup QB carousel


It appears the next Buffalo Bills backup quarterback candidate will be long on clipboard-holding experience.

The Bills are planning on signing journeyman backup Jordan Palmer, ESPN reported Monday night.

Palmer entered the NFL in 2007 but only has thrown 10 passes in regular-season action over seven years. He has been on an NFL roster for almost four full regular seasons.

He was a backup in Cincinnati for three full seasons, 2008 through 2010. Then he spent part of the 2012 season with Jacksonville and the second half of last season with the Chicago Bears.

The Bears, who are the Bills’ opponent in the season opener on Sept. 8, released Palmer on Sunday. Chicago picked veteran Jimmy Clausen over Palmer to be the backup to starter Jay Cutler. Palmer was 21 of 30 for 225 yards for the Bears this preseason.

The Bills have rotated Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel in a battle for No. 2 all summer. Dennis Dixon was the second QB in the game in Saturday's exhibition loss to Tampa, but he was released Monday morning.

  • Polish Prince

    A Savior!

  • TheBigONE

    Has anyone watched Jordan Palmer play? I haven't seen him. Is he any good?

  • goldfish5free

    Jordan Palmer has completed 10 passes in his entire NFL career with 2 interceptions and hasn't seen playing time since 2010. Thad Lewis completed 93 passes LAST SEASON with 3 interceptions. How exactly is this an upgrade? Lewis at least knows the offense and is a lot more mobile.

  • Sweet Pea

    Lol... Wow!!! Goldfish you hit it rite on the head, AGIAN! the idea is to improve somewhat this is just as worse we better off just going with Lewis... Unbelievable!!!

  • Hundreadproof

    He's not going to be on the team. This is a signing to help with game planning for the Bears. He'll never make the roster.

  • Paul Dunphy Jr.

    His purpose will to be another backup turd that makes EJ look good in comparison. They're afraid to sign any worthwhile backup QB's because they know it would be easy for the second stringer to kick Manuel down the depth chart and make the front office look like idiots for going all in on the EJ draft pick.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida.