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Backup QB Palmer could provide Bills with slight edge vs. Bears

Two days after the Bears released him, reserve quarterback Jordan Palmer has hooked on with a new squad -- the Bills.

That means Palmer will be back in Chicago on Sept. 7 when the Bills face the Bears in their season opener at Soldier Field. And with his new deal finalized, Palmer now will have 10 days to pepper his new team with intelligence on the offense and the quarterback of the organization that employed him for the last 10 months.

Jay Cutler's reaction?

"It's not an ideal situation," Cutler noted Tuesday. "It's not exactly what you would want. He can give them a few things I'm sure. ... He'll be meeting with (Bills defensive coordinator Jim) Schwartz pretty much immediately."

Palmer spent the offseason and preseason auditioning to be Cutler's backup but lost that competition to Jimmy Clausen. When he was released Sunday, Palmer left Chicago with no hard feelings but is now in position to aid the Bears' first opponent.

"He knows snap counts, some of the stuff we do with some of our checks, what plays we like," Cutler said. "But they still have to defend it. So I don't think we'll change much, if anything. Maybe a few tweaks here and there."

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