Just seven months ago, the Cardinals named John Skelton their Week One starting quarterback. Now Skelton is out of work.
The Cardinals announced on Monday that they have released Skelton, who started 17 games for them in three years after joining the team as a fifth-round pick in the 2010 NFL draft.
Although it’s rare for a quarterback who’s only 25 years old, who’s inexpensive and who has experience as a starter to get cut, this move is not particularly surprising. Skelton is probably the fourth-best quarterback on the Cardinals’ roster right now behind Drew Stanton, Brian Hoyer and Ryan Lindley, and he would become the fifth-best if the Cardinals acquire Carson Palmer.
And so Skelton is now without a team. Suffice to say, unlike 2012, in 2013, there’s not going to be a team willing to make Skelton its Week One starter.