TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals will go with John Skelton as starting quarterback in their season opener Sept. 9 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt announced his decision to go with Skelton over Kevin Kolb on Friday.
Skelton and Kolb had waged a protracted competition for the job over the offseason workouts and through the preseason.
Skelton is in his third season with Arizona after being drafted in the fifth round out of Fordham. The Cardinals made the decision despite their significant investment in Kolb, who was acquired just before last season in a trade that sent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick to Philadelphia.
The Cardinals then signed Kolb to a five-year, $63.5 million contract extension with $21 million guaranteed.