Despite playing like a solid backup quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals during the team’s training camp, it wasn’t enough to beat-out Josh Johnson for the right to take over if Andy Dalton goes down, and after failed trade attempts, the Bengals opted to release the veteran QB.
Since then, Skelton has been unable to find another job, despite showing he’s at least one of the 64-best QBs in the NFL.
The San Francisco 49ers apparently didn’t feel comfortable with their backup quarterback situation, so they’ve signed Skelton in hopes of adding more security behind Colin Kepernick.
Skelton has plenty of starting expedience, having started 17 games for the Arizona Cardinals during the last three seasons and has a 63.0 passer rating. Being that he played previously in the NFC West, he’ll have a good understanding of the 49ers personnel.
One of his starts last year came against the 49ers. He threw an interception and was sacked four times in a 24-3 loss in October. However, he also earned a victory against the 49ers in 2011, throwing three touchdowns in a 21-19 win.