CINCINNATI - The Bengals acquired quarterback John Skelton on waivers from Arizona on Wednesday.
Skelton, a fourth-year NFL player in 2013, started six games for the Cardinals last season and should go into training camp as the Bengals' No. 2 quarterback.
"We're glad to add John to cultivate a competitive situation behind Andy Dalton," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "He's a young player (25), but he has had valuable experience starting and leading a team in the NFL."
Skelton will compete with Josh Johnson, a former backup for Tampa Bay, who was signed in the offseason.
Skelton was a fifth-round Arizona draft pick from Fordham in 2010 and played 20 games with 17 starts over three seasons with the Cardinals. Over his first two seasons, he posted a 5-0 record as a starter in home games.
Skelton's career passing totals are 320-for-602 (53.2 percent) for 3,707 yards with 15 TDs and 25 INTs.
The Bengals also re-signed linebacker Vincent Rey, whom the club had tendered as an exclusive-rights player on March 7.
Rey, a third-year NFL player in 2013, increased his role on defense last season, logging 18 tackles with a sack. He also ranked third on the team in special teams tackles (12).