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Jimmy Clausen | Quarterback

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
College: Notre Dame
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Free agent QB Jimmy Clausen is currently recovering from a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.
Clausen spent last season on injured reserve. The injury's extent was previously undisclosed. Clausen underwent surgery on September 11. Clausen hasn't attempted a single pass since his disaster 2010 rookie season. He wants a chance to compete for backup duties somewhere. Apr 18 - 10:13 AM
Source: USA Today

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Updating a previous item, the Panthers waived/injured Jimmy Clausen.

Clausen will spend the final year of his rookie contract on injured reserve unless he gets bought out with an injury settlement at some point.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 06:04:00 PM

Panthers waived QB Jimmy Clausen and TE Zack Pianalto.

Clausen never played a snap for the Panthers after his brutal 2010 rookie year, where he demonstrated a sub-average arm and maddening tendency to get "small" in the pocket. He's 26 years old now and has shown no signs of ever developing into even a backup-caliber quarterback. Clausen's Carolina career ends with three touchdown passes, nine interceptions, nine fumbles, and a 1-9 record.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 09:04:00 AM

ESPN's John Clayton says it's "pretty safe to say" Jimmy Clausen has zero trade value.

We wouldn't disagree. Clayton isn't as in-touch as he once was, but it's confirmation the rest of the league has soured on the prospects of Clausen ever making something of himself as well. With No. 2 Derek Anderson a free agent, Clausen could be elevated to Cam Newton's backup next year. Clausen's rookie deal runs dry after the 2013 season.
Mon, Jan 21, 2013 08:19:00 PM

Derek Anderson is "still ahead" of Jimmy Clausen in the competition to back-up Cam Newton.

It's a troubling sign for Clausen's future, though he could still move ahead of Anderson with a strong preseason. Despite Panthers coach Ron Rivera's June musing to the contrary, Clausen may never sniff another NFL starting job.
Tue, Aug 7, 2012 11:47:00 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes Jimmy Clausen will get another chance to start in the NFL.

Barring injury to Cam Newton, it won't happen in Carolina, of course. "The kid’s got a good arm, he’s an accurate passer, he’s learned a lot, and I think if he continues to grow this season he’s going to get his opportunity," Rivera said. Clausen had one of the worst rookie seasons of all time, and shouldn't generate interest as a starter when his rookie deal runs out in 2014.
Sat, Jun 2, 2012 11:03:00 AM

Contrary to previous reports, Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen does not have a $923,000 roster bonus due on March 27.

The $923,000 was a "one-time" bonus that Clausen would have triggered by hitting performance and playing-time incentives. After riding the pine as a third-stringer last year, those benchmarks were not met. Without a bonus, Clausen has a better chance of staying on the roster.
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 08:38:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Jimmy Clausen is "in the mix" to return in 2012.

Due a $923,000 roster bonus on March 27, Clausen is a strong candidate for release after being inactive for all 16 games in 2011, but Rivera insists "he's most certainly a guy that's in the mix in terms of ... competing." The Panthers are reportedly in the market for backup with a skill-set more similar to Cam Newton's. If Clausen's back, it will again be as the third-stringer.
Sun, Feb 26, 2012 12:55:00 PM

The Panthers can clear over $1 million in salary cap space by waiving Jimmy Clausen next month.

Clausen is due a $923,000 roster bonus on March 27. He spent 2011 as Carolina's third-stringer, inactive on all 16 game days after failing to beat out Derek Anderson for the Panthers' backup job. The Panthers are up against the cap, and need to shed $9.6 million before the new league year (March 13).
Mon, Feb 13, 2012 03:36:00 PM

Panthers declared QB Jimmy Clausen, CB Darius Butler, S Jordan Pugh, RB Mike Goodson, TE Richie Brockel, OT Lee Ziemba, and DT Frank Kearse inactive for Week 8 against the Vikings.

Butler and Pugh are Carolina's primary nickel and dime defenders. Unfortunately, a Vikings team short on receivers probably won't be able to exploit their absences. Clausen has been an inactive third-stringer all season long.
Sun, Oct 30, 2011 11:46:00 AM

Panthers declared QB Jimmy Clausen inactive for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Clausen loses out to Derek Anderson for the No. 2 job behind Cam Newton. Other Panthers inactives: CB Josh Thomas, FB Jerome Felton, LB Jason Williams, OT Lee Ziemba and WR Kealoha Pilares.
Sun, Sep 11, 2011 03:01:00 PM

Coach Ron Rivera still hasn't decided between Jimmy Clausen and Derek Anderson for the Panthers' backup quarterback job.

The inability of either backup to separate is confirmation that Cam Newton is going to have a long leash. We suspect Anderson will be the No. 2 thanks to his performance in the preseason finale. The new NFL rules on third QBs mean Clausen would still be active on Sundays, which gives the opponent something to be excited about if they manage to knock both Newton and Anderson out of a given game.
Thu, Sep 8, 2011 11:35:00 AM

Jimmy Clausen appears to have lost the Panthers' backup job to Derek Anderson.

Anderson relieved Cam Newton in the second quarter, completing 11-of-19 passes for 192 yards and a 41-yard touchdown pass to David Clowney. Clausen's performance, on the other hand, was "disastrous." He threw an interception on his first pass, lost a fumble that led to a Steelers touchdown, and was sacked three times. Newton is going to have a longer leash than expected.
Fri, Sep 2, 2011 02:21:00 AM

Jimmy Clausen was held out of Panthers practice on Saturday with a knee injury.

The injury is not believed to be serious. The bigger news for Clausen is that the Panthers picked Cam Newton over him to start their preseason finale. Barring a Newton injury, Clausen is destined to open the season as a backup.
Sat, Aug 27, 2011 04:28:00 PM

Jimmy Clausen completed 9-of-15 passes for 69 yards in the Panthers' second preseason game Friday night.

Derek Anderson didn't play, while Cam Newton managed only a slightly worse yards-per-pass attempt average and completion rate than Clausen against better defenders. Clausen is making this quarterback battle into a situation where the Panthers may as well throw their rookie into the fire because Newton is at least the lesser of two evils. There's little reason to play Clausen, unless you're of the belief that rookie QBs "develop" better on the bench.
Fri, Aug 19, 2011 10:52:00 PM

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