Cardinals release former starting QB John Skelton

Skelton follows Kolb out the door in Arizona. (USATSI)
In a move that came as a shock to no one, least of all the man who just lost his job, the Cardinals have released quarterback John Skelton two weeks after they moved on from Kevin Kolb, and on the same day that they traded for Carson Palmer.

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Skelton, a 2010 fifth-round pick out of Fordham, 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 traded places on the depth chart for the rest of the season, and 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.

So the team signed Drew Stanton, who appeared to be a possible starter until Palmer came into the picture. And now, three weeks removed from the start of free agency, the Cardinals look like a completely different team.

Skelton, meanwhile, is looking for work. But this is a passing league woefully short of passers, which means that if Kolb can find a job (he agreed to terms with the Bills last week), Skelton should, too.

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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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