Tim Polzer
Thursday March 14th, 2013

The long-predicted signing of Drew Stanton on Wednesday gives new Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians another option in what's become a very crowded group of quarterbacks.

Stanton, who signed a three-year, $8.2 million contract according to his agent, worked with Arians as the Colts' backup quarterback behind Andrew Luck. He did not take a regular-season snap in 2012, but does come to Arizona with a complete knowledge of the offensive system used by Arians as the Colts' offensive coordinator and interim head coach.

Stanton joins four other quarterbacks on the Cardinals roster: restricted free agent Brian Hoyer, Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley.

One or more of the Cardinals quarterbacks could be released, including the high-priced Kolb who is scheduled to be paid a $2 million roster bonus and a $9 million base salary in 2013.

The question remains: Will the Cardinals, owners of the seventh overall pick in the NFL Draft, still opt to take a quarterback such as Matt Barkley, who impressed them during the NFL Combine?

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