Bears sign Nate Collins, Jordan Palmer

Nate Collins (Jonathan Daniels/Getty)

The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with defensive tackle Nate Collins and quarterback Jordan Palmer on one-year contracts.

LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with DT Nate Collins and QB Jordan Palmer on one-year contracts.

Collins has appeared in 27 games with two starts over four seasons with Jacksonville (2010-11) and Chicago (2012-13), recording 34 tackles – including 1.5 sacks and two tackles for losses – two pass break ups and a fumble recovery. In 2013, Collins appeared in five games for the Bears with two starts, recording a career-high 13 tackles, one sack and three quarterback hits before being placed on injured reserve due to a knee injury.

The 6-2, 296-pound Collins entered the NFL with the New York Giants in 2010 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Virginia.

Palmer signed with the Bears in 2013 and spent the last nine weeks on the team's active roster but did not appear in a regular season game. He also appeared in two preseason games – including one start – for the Bears last season completing 12 of 18 pass attempts for 116 yards and a touchdown for a 103.0 passer rating.

For his career, Palmer has appeared in four regular season contests for Cincinnati during three seasons (2008-10) with the Bengals, completing 10-of-15 passing attempts for 49 yards and two interceptions.

The 6-5, 230-pound Palmer was originally selected by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round (205th overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft out of UTEP. Palmer spent part of the 2012 season with Jacksonville but did not appear in a game for the Jaguars.


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