Arizona Cardinals release QB John Skelton

The Arizona Cardinals have released quarterback John Skelton,

who started 17 games for the team over the past three seasons.

The move on Monday came amid reports the team was trying to work

out a trade to bring quarterback Carson Palmer from Oakland.

Skelton beat out Kevin Kolb for the starting job under

then-coach Ken Whisenhunt in training camp last season. He was hurt

in the opener and Kolb took over.

Skelton returned as starter when Kolb was injured, but lost the

job due to poor performance. The Cardinals released Kolb earlier

and he has agreed to a contract with Buffalo.

Meanwhile, quarterback Brian Hoyer has signed his tender offer

from the club. Running back William Powell and defensive back

Ronald Talley also re-signed with the Cardinals.