Arizona Cardinals Release John Skelton

Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton against the Detroit Lions at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In a move that surprises absolutely … no one, the Arizona Cardinals have released back up quarterback John Skelton. The move was all but guaranteed whenever the Cardinals were involved in deep talks with the Oakland Raiders for Carson Palmer.

The fact that Arizona is willing to part ways with Skelton likely shows that a deal to acquire Palmer is just around the corner.

Darren Urban of ArizonaCardinals.com announced the news on Twitter:

Arizona has been considered the favorite for Skleton as soon as the team began trade talks with the Seattle Seahawks for quarterback Matt Flynn.

Palmer’s $13 million salary would have been too much for the Raiders to hang on to, so they were looking to move the quarterback and his contract. Arizona was the obvious fit. As time went on, it was more obvious that Palmer was receiving a lot of interest from Arizona.

If the team was to acquire Palmer, a quarterback currently on their roster would need to be released. Skelton was the obvious choice.

Topics: Arizona Cardinals, John Skelton

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  • Bobby Doley

    Oh no there goes the franchise out the door!

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