The Chicago Bears are expected to re-sign quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
More moves in addition to Brandon Marshall for Chicago: QB Jimmy Clausen is re-signing with the Bears, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 6, 2015
With Clausen back in the fold, it does provide the Bears with a veteran option if they decide to move on from Jay Cutler. Keep in mind that if Cutler is on the roster by Thursday, March 12, then $10 million of his 2016 salary becomes fully guaranteed. If the Bears can't find a trade partner before Tuesday, trading him would prove difficult.
If the Bears decide to part ways with Cutler by releasing him, they'll still be on the hook for $15.5 million this season.
Jimmy Clausen had one start in 2014 for the Bears, in which he was concussed, but he showed some scrappiness and grit by going 23 of 39 for 181 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception, and adding 9 yards on 3 carries.
Clausen's most extensive NFL action came as a rookie in 2010, while playing in Carolina for head coach John Fox, who is now, of course, head coach for the Bears.
Besides Cutler and Clausen, the only other QB on the roster is David Fales.