The Bengals have claimed QB John Skelton on waivers from Arizona and announced LB Vinny Rey signed his exclusive rights tender.

Skelton (6-6, 244; Fordham) is going into his fourth season and was waived when the Cardinals got Carson Palmer in a trade from the Raiders (small world). He was a fifth-round pick by Arizona in 2010 and played 20 games with 17 starts over three seasons, including seven games with six starts last year. 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 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.

“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 (age 25), but he has had valuable experience starting and leading a team in the NFL.”