Bears sign Palmer, Grant to shore up QB, LB corps

Bears sign Palmer, Grant to shore up QB, LB corps
October 28, 2013, 11:30 am
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Trying to keep pace with the injuries hitting a roster that once was finishing weeks with no one even on the injury report, the Bears added a quarterback and linebacker to fill in for Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs.

The team signed quarterback Jordan Palmer, who completed 12 of 18 passes for the Bears this preseason, throwing for 116 yards and a 103.0 passer rating in a tryout with Trent Edwards that gave general manager Phil Emery a reserve option without using a roster spot for a third quarterback.

To cover the void left by Briggs’ fractured shoulder, former St. Louis Ram (2008-10) and San Francisco 49er (2011-12) Larry Grant was signed and is likely to be active for next week against the Green Bay Packers.

The Bears waived tight end Steve Maneri and cornerback C.J. Wilson to clear roster space, then re-signed Wilson to the practice squad. Wilson joins wide receiver Terrence Tolliver on the practice squad, with the Bears terminating the practice squad contract of wideout Ricardo Lockette.

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Grant, 6-1, 251 pounds, appeared in 66 games with 11 starts over five seasons with the Rams and 49ers, collecting 64 tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, five pass break ups and 29 special-teams stops.

Palmer, 6-5, 230 pounds, appeared in four games for Cincinnati during three seasons (2008-10) with the Bengals, completing 10-of-15 passing attempts for 49 yards and two interceptions. Palmer was originally selected by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round (205th overall) in the 2007 draft out of UTEP. Palmer spent part of the 2012 season with Jacksonville but did not appear in a game for the Jaguars.

Tolliver seven receptions for 63 yards during the 2013 preseason with the Bears.