Palmer spent all of training camp competing for the Bears' backup quarterback job before being released on Monday. The 30-year-old landed on his feet though and he just happened to sign with the very same Bills team that the Bears will be playing in Week 1.
And yes, the Bears have noticed. Starting quarterback Jay Cutler admitted this week that Palmer will definitely be able to give the Bills defense 'a few things.'
"It's not an ideal situation," Cutler said, via the Chicago Tribune. "It's not exactly what you'd want. He can give them a few things I'm sure. He'll be meeting with [Bills defensive coordinator Jim] Schwartz pretty much immediately."
Cutler then elaborated on some of the 'things' Palmer could help the Bills defense with.
"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. But we'll just have to go play football."
For what it's worth, Bills coach Doug Marrone said on Wednesday that he didn't sign Palmer just to get inside information on Chicago.
"I'm not part of that, 'Hey, let's bring the guy in and get information and things like that,'" Marrone told Syracuse.com. "I think that'd be very disrespectful to Jordan if I did that, honestly."
Marrone might actually be telling the truth. Before Palmer was cut by the Bears this week, the Bills coach made it clear that he wasn't happy with his quarterback situation.
"They either have to play better or we have to look to see if there's someone that can better that position, like we would any other position," Marrone said on Monday. "If we feel at the end of the day that it's not good enough to win with -- which we haven't seen that yet -- there's only two ways to go."
Since Marrone made those comments, the Bills have dumped backup quarterbacks Thad Lewis and Dennis Dixon, while adding Palmer.