Bengals claim QB John Skelton off waivers

John Skelton will now serve as Andy Dalton's backup in Cincy. (Getty Images)
When the Cardinals released quarterback John Skelton on Monday, we wrote that the NFL is a passing league woefully short on passers. Which means that if Kevin Kolb can find a job (he agreed to terms with the Bills last week), Skelton would, too.

By Wednesday, Skelton had been claimed off waivers by the Bengals.

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It's a good landing spot for Skelton, who was a 2010 fifth-round pick out of Fordham. In Arizona, he started 17 games in three NFL seasons, including the 2012 season opener after he won the job coming out of training camp. A Week 1 injury sidelined Skelton for a month, until he replaced an injured Kolb in Week 6. The two swapped places on the depth chart for the rest of the season. By the time it was over, the Cards had five victories, coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves had been fired and the new regime was certain of one thing: Neither Kolb nor Skelton gave Arizona a legit chance to win.

But one man's trash … is something else entirely for the Bengals, who understand that Skelton is best suited as a backup.

“We’re glad to add John to cultivate a competitive situation behind Andy Dalton,” said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. “He’s a young player [age 25], but he has had valuable experience starting and leading a team in the NFL.”

The Bengals also have quarterback Josh Johnson on depth chart.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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