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2013 NFL Free agency: John Skelton heads to Cincinnati Bengals

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The former starter for the Cardinals was claimed off of waivers to perhaps back up Andy Dalton.

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It didn't take long for quarterback John Skelton to land on his feet after being released by the Arizona Cardinals. He was let go on Monday, which signaled the eventual trade to bring Carson Palmer to the team, but was claimed off of waivers and awarded to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Cincinnati picks up the final year of Skelton's rookie contract, which will pay him $630,000.

For the second consecutive year, he will be part of a preseason quarterback competition, only this year it will not be for a starting job. Andy Dalton is the undisputed starter for the Bengals. Skelton will have to beat out Josh Johnson for the number two spot.

He will be learning a new offensive system, as he ran a spread offense at Fordham, a down the field attack in Arizona and now the Bengals run a version of the West Coast offense.

Things started out surprising for Skelton here in Arizona and ended very disappointingly. It is good to see him get another shot. A player drafted as late as he was and with the year he had in 2012 is not likely to get many more.

Then again, if Derek Anderson can have a backup job, why not a guy that still has upside?

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