The Bears’ three-day mandatory minicamp opened on Tuesday with five quarterbacks still in uniforms: Jay Cutler, Jimmy Clausen, David Fales, Jerrod Johnson and Jordan Palmer. Of those, one is expected to be gone perhaps as early as the end of this week.
The Bears are not required to cut anyone at this point but the organization has a history of letting players go once decisions are made, with the intention of giving them the best chances to catch on elsewhere.
“These next two days are certainly critical,” coach Marc Trestman said. “We’ve got to continue to analyze the situation. It would be hard to… We need legs at camp, but we’ll see. We’ll make that decision, and we don’t even have to make that decision this week, we’ll make it before the start of training camp.”
Cutler and Fales, this year’s sixth-round draft pick, are locks. Clausen was signed off the street after shoulder surgery and not playing since 2010, and he appeared sharp during Tuesday’s practice.
Palmer was re-signed by the Bears after impressing coaches with his work both in the final preseason game last year after an injury to Matt Blanchard, and then through the final half of the season when the Bears brought him back as insurance following Cutler’s groin injury.