Clausen apparently had an impressive work out with the Bears before getting the offer:
Bears add Jimmy Clausen to quarterback competition - chicagotribune.com
Clausen’s workout for the Bears came Thursday at Halas Hall. According to a source with knowledge of that session, Clausen’s performance was sharp and he appeared to have added mass to his frame since his last game action during exhibitions in 2013. In the weeks ahead, he will have to show an increased mastery of his reads, proper footwork and an ability to handle Trestman’s up-tempo practices.
Clausen will also need to learn how to not throw the ball out bounds after 3 seconds. But I bear no ill will towards Clausen. He was over drafted and is one of the prime reasons I agreed with the Marty Hurney firing.
Before the 2010 draft, Clausen spent time working with Trestman in preparation for the NFL scouting combine and his pro day. So the two have at least minor familiarity. Clausen made all 13 of his regular season appearances as a rookie after the Panthers drafted him in the second round in 2010. But in his 10 starts, he had a 1-9 record, completed only 53.4 percent of his passes, averaged 145.2 passing yards and threw seven interceptions against three touchdown passes. The Panthers drafted quarterback Cam Newton first overall in 2011.
On the positive side he is a direct cause for us getting Cam Newton, so there is that.
Chicago Bears sign Armanti Edwards after Hixon injury | CharlotteObserver.com
The Bears signed Armanti Edwards on Tuesday after reaching an injury settlement with Domenik Hixon, who tore the ACL in his right knee for a third time last week during an OTA practice. Hixon, a six-year veteran who spent the 2013 season with the Panthers, appears to be leaning toward retirement, based on a post to his Twitter account last week.
Yet the Panther reunion doesn't end there. You might recall the Bears signed LB Jordan Senn shortly after free agency kicked off back in March . The Bears' roster also sports former Panther FB Tony Fiammetta and TE Dante Rosario. That's six former Panthers for those not counting. This isn't unprecedented really.
Back in 2005 Panthers WR Muhsin Muhammad spurned the Panthers after a monster 2004 season to go to the Bears. He would return to the Panthers after three lackluster seasons in Chicago. More infamously in 2010 DE Julius Peppers turned down the Panthers offer to be the highest paid defensive player in the NFL to go to the Bears. At the time he said it was because of the Bears franchise tradition. I guess that tradition wasn't as glamorous as he thought since he just signed with the Packers this past March. Maybe the ghost of Lombari is what Peppers seeks.