Cardinals part ways with QB John Skelton
John Skelton is the second Cardinals quarterback to follow Kevin Kolb out the door in Arizona since the free agency began. Kevin Kolb was released two weeks ago by the Arizona Cardinals. He recently signed with the Buffalo Bills.
The 25-year-old John Skelton was released at the end of three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, who originally picked him out of Fordham in the fifth-round of the 2010 NFL draft. John Skelton threw for 3,707 yards, 15 touchdown passes, 25 interceptions and 47 sacks, while starting 17 games during that stretch. In those games, John Skelton led the Arizona Cardinals to a 8-9 mark, including a 5-2 record in 2011 which influenced coach Ken Whisenhunt’s decision towards giving Skelton the starting job in 2012. John Skelton also beat out Kevin Kolb for the starting job during training camp. He has a career pass completion rate of 53.2 percent.
However, John Skelton was sidelined with an ankle injury following the Week 1 win over Seattle Seahawks and lost his starting job to Kevin Kolb. John Skelton returned in Week 6 to replace Kevin Kolb but again showed signs of struggles and lost his starting job to rookie Ryan Lindley, who finished last season with zero touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Meanwhile, John Skelton, who went 1-5 as a starter last season, threw for 1,132 yards with two touchdowns and nine interceptions.
The move to release John Skelton shows that the Arizona Cardinals nearing the deal to finalize the trade for quarterback Carson Palmer with the Oakland Raiders. The trade is expected to involve draft picks, with the Arizona Cardinals exchanging a mid-to late-round pick and possibly a a late-round pick to the Oakland Raiders, in return for Carson Palmer.
The 33-year-old Carson Palmer would immediately take up the starting job in Arizona with Drew Stanton, who was also signed off from the open market this offseason, serving as his backup quarterback. Initially, Drew Stanton appeared to be the quarterback the Arizona Cardinals needed, until Carson Palmer came into the picture. The Arizona Cardinals also re-signed Brian Hoyer while Ryan Lindley is also on the offseason roster.
However, the Arizona Cardinals could still add help at the position through the draft. In that scenario, there will be further cuts lower down the depth chart at the position. There’s also the imminent possibility of Arizona Cardinals shipping off either Brian Hoyer or Ryan Lindley.