Quarterback Drew Stanton hasn’t been a member of the Cardinals long, but he’s been there long enough to know exactly why he’s there.
“They need to find an answer at this position,” Stanton said, via the Arizona Republic. ‘I want to be that answer. I’m going to do everything in my power to be that answer, and given that opportunity, I feel like I can.”
It’s shaping up to be as good an opportunity as Stanton will ever get. He’ll be playing for a coach in Bruce Arians who knows Stanton from Indy and feels strongly enough about him that the Cardinals offered a contract that will pay Stanton as much as $20.2 million in the next three years if he hits certain incentives. He also has very little in the way of competition with Kevin Kolb ticketed for an exit from the desert and Brian Hoyer possessing even less NFL experience than his fellow Michigan State product.
Unless the Cardinals take a quarterback in the first round, Stanton appears set to enter training camp as the favorite for the starting job. From there it will be up to him to prove that he’s the answer the Cardinals have needed for a long time.