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Bengals Claim Former Cardinals Quarterback John Skelton

The Cincinnati Bengals put a claim in for former Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton. And won.

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Josh Johnson may not have the easy battle to win the backup quarterback job as we had thought. According to Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals have placed and won a waiver claim for former Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton.

After three seasons and 17 starts with Arizona, Skelton was released on April 1 by the Cardinals. During his tenure with the Cardinals, Skelton posted a 15-25 touchdown to interception ratio with a 53.2 percent completion rate and 3,707 yards passing.

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

Skelton (6-6, 244; Fordham) is a fourth-year NFL player in 2013. He was a fifth-round Arizona draft pick in 2010 and played 20 games with 17 starts over three seasons with the Cardinals, including seven games with six starts last season. Over his first two seasons, he posted a 5-0 record as a starter in home games.

Cincinnati figures to generate a competition between Skelton, Johnson and Zac Robinson for the backup gig, while some project a quarterback draft pick at some point late during the 2013 NFL draft.

Since he was claimed off waivers, the Bengals will pick up Skelton's contract with a scheduled $630,000 salary for 2013 -- the final year of a four-year rookie deal.