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Bills sign QB Jordan Palmer, release Thad Lewis

The Buffalo Bills have made a switch under center.

The team announced today that it signed journeyman quarterback Jordan Palmer while it released Thad Lewis.

Lewis had been battling Jeff Tuel for the backup quarterback spot behind starter EJ Manuel.

The team did not disclose the terms of the Palmer deal, which was expected after it was reported by ESPN last night (see Mark Gaughan's story).

Palmer entered the league as a sixth round pick (205th overall) of the Washington Redskins in 2007. The 6-5, 230 pound UTEP product has also spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears. Palmer, who is 30 and a native of Westlake Village, Calif., saw game action in 2008 and 2010 for the Bengals — completing 10 of 15 pass attempts for 59 yards and two interceptions in four games.

Palmer will wear number jersey No. 5 for the Bills.

In addition, the Bills announced that linebacker Kiko Alonso has been placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.

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