Bengals Sign Former Cardinals QB John Skelton. Comments from he & Marvin Lewis

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Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton against the Detroit Lions at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback John Skelton almost led Arizona to a wild comeback against the Cincinnati Bengals on Christmas Eve, 2011. He helped the trailing Cardinals to 16 unanswered points in the game.

And it seems as though the Bengals took note, as they have claimed Skelton off of waivers, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. He is the second quarterback to be removed from the Cardinals roster by new head coach Bruce Arians. The first was starter Kevin Kolb.

Skelton has 15 touchdowns to 25 interceptions in 17 career starts with the Cardinals. He has also thrown for a total of 3,707 yards when he has seen action.

The young quarterback could provide a solid back-up candidate for Andy Dalton after the Bengals lost Bruce Gradkowski to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is also the second quarterback that Cincinnati has signed since the start of free agency (Josh Johnson from the 49ers).

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis on the signing:

We’re glad to add John to cultivate a competitive situation behind Andy Dalton. He’s a young player (age 25), but he has had valuable experience starting and leading a team in the NFL.


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