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Bengals claim John Skelton off waivers

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John Skelton must have made quite an impression on the Bengals by leading the Cardinals to 16 unanswered fourth-quarter points on Christmas Eve, 2011.

Of course, the Bengals still won that game 23-16, so maybe they just thought he was better than the guys on hand.

The Bengals claimed the former Cardinals quarterback off waivers Wednesday, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Skelton has 15 touchdowns and 25 interceptions in 17 career starts, but was the second quarterback thrown overboard by new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians (following Kevin Kolb).

Oddly enough, Skelton has a chance to hang around with the Bengals. After losing free agent backup Bruce Gradkowski to the Steelers, the Bengals responded by signing Josh Johnson, and the only other backup on the roster is Zac Robinson.

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18 Responses to “Bengals claim John Skelton off waivers”
  1. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 3, 2013 5:00 PM

    Super Bowl bound?

  2. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 3, 2013 5:00 PM

    Hall of Fame?

  3. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 3, 2013 5:01 PM

    Dynasty?

  4. sanfranfanyouknowit says: Apr 3, 2013 5:04 PM

    He will be #2 on the roster cuz he resembles Dalton more than Johnson. Not a bad pickup for a backup

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 3, 2013 5:10 PM

    A Skelton for their closet.

  6. mikebrownfaux says: Apr 3, 2013 5:17 PM

    Finally someone that may actually be able to prove Andy isn’t all they think he is..

  7. hawkslv says: Apr 3, 2013 5:20 PM

    Skeleton was reported as saying “Hey man, I am just happy anyone in the NFL would be willing to claim me as a member of their team”.

  8. EJ says: Apr 3, 2013 5:23 PM

    Skelton looked pretty good for a while, then regressed like the rest of the Cardinal QB’s. With the right Offensive scheme, a decent Offensive Line and a couple of good Receivers, I believe he could be successful. He doesn’t seem to have very good leadership, but that is something he can work on and fix. I wonder if he’ll ever get the chance to prove himself again? I know it won’t happen in Cinncinatti, but maybe another Franchise?

  9. mikebrownfaux says: Apr 3, 2013 5:30 PM

    Carson Palmer, the gift that keeps giving to the Bengals..

  10. realskipbayless says: Apr 3, 2013 5:42 PM

    I’m down with this pick up. He was the best qb in az’s locker room and now they got carson I quit palmer. I’d rather have Skelton then Palmer.

  11. pskotte says: Apr 3, 2013 5:44 PM

    A no brainer for the Bengals.

  12. seaeagle707 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:46 PM

    The Bengals must’ve missed that game where we put up 58 unanswered points against Mr Skelton and his comrades-in-arms. I think Cincy, would be better advised to give Vince Young (The NEW Vince Young) a shot.

  13. vincentbojackson says: Apr 3, 2013 6:29 PM

    Mike Brown now has a Skelton in his closet.

  14. raiderapologist says: Apr 3, 2013 9:07 PM

    Andy Dalton is now officially sweating the competition.

  15. joetoronto says: Apr 4, 2013 4:37 AM

    Anyone is better than that noodle armed ginger.

  16. redpillmindstate says: Apr 4, 2013 1:09 PM

    Maybe if the Raiders had kept their picks and drafted a noodle armed ginger instead of sending them away for a battered quitter you could have enjoyed some success and made the playoffs….Go draft another “speed” guy and see how that works…lol

  17. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 4, 2013 3:26 PM

    pskotte says:

    A no brainer for the Bengals.
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    Pretty sure those are all they can muster.

  18. natijim235 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:23 PM

    what do you get when you pair him up with dalton? Red Skelton

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