Jordan Palmer joins Bills, raising concerns for Bears
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter August 26, 2014 9:32PM
Quarterback Jordan Palmer signed with the Bears’ Week 1 opponent Tuesday — perhaps because the Buffalo Bills found him to be an upgrade, perhaps because they wanted to pump him for information, or both.
‘‘It’s not an ideal situation,’’ Bears starter Jay Cutler said Tuesday at Halas Hall. ‘‘It’s not exactly what you want. He can give them things.’’
Cutler suspected Palmer would meet with Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz upon signing.
‘‘Snap counts and the stuff we do, some of our tricks, what plays we like,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘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.’’
After he was cut Sunday, Palmer called the Bears the best organization in the NFL and predicted a Super Bowl, with Cutler as the league MVP.
Santonio Holmes could play wide receiver in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns. Coach Marc Trestman said he could return kicks, too, along with Micheal Spurlock, Chris Williams and Senorise Perry.
‘‘I’m a former Super Bowl MVP,’’ Holmes said. ‘‘There’s no pressure.’’
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The Bears waived cornerback Isaiah Frey and offensive lineman James Brown to trim the roster to 75 before the 3 p.m. deadline Tuesday. The departure of Frey, who started six games at nickel back last season, leaves only two players from Phil Emery’s first draft class: Shea McClellin and Alshon Jeffery.
† Asked about his 86 rating in Madden 15 — the video game was released Tuesday — Cutler said, ‘‘You guys are bored.’’