It’s been expected for a while now that the Cardinals would have some interest in quarterback Drew Stanton and those expectations appear to be realized.
Mike Jurecki of 910 XTRA reports that Stanton is on his way to Arizona to visit with the Cardinals. Stanton spent the 2012 season as the backup quarterback for the Colts, who were coached for most of the season by new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.
The bleak state of the quarterback situation in Arizona doesn’t need to be recounted, so it should go without saying that Stanton’s got as good a shot at winning the Cardinals’ starting job as he has anywhere in the league. If the Cards don’t figure out a way to hold onto Kevin Kolb at a cheaper salary than the $11.5 million he’s set to make in 2013, Stanton would likely have the inside track on starting given his experience with Arians and the performance of the other quarterbacks already on the Cardinals’ roster.
Jurecki also reports that running back Rashard Mendenhall is expected to visit with the Cardinals, a fit that seems to make sense thanks to Arians’ past role as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator. We’ve reported that Mendenhall is likely to join Peyton Manning in Denver, however, so we’ll see how whether or not the Cardinals are able to sway Mendenhall away from Denver.