Cardinals sign QB Stanton to three-year deal

The hits just keep on coming for the Arizona Cardinals.

In what just might signal the end of Kevin Kolb’s time in Arizona, the Cardinals have reportedly signed former Colts quarterback Drew Stanton to a three-year contract worth a reported $8.2 million, with $3 million guaranteed.

An additional $12 million in incentives are in Stanton’s contract, which would bring the total to $20.2 million.

“Physically he has everything you want in a quarterback – big with a strong arm, can get it up the field and make all the throws,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “He’s just as impressive mentally and understands the position. I’m excited to get him here and compete.”

Stanton and head coach Arians go back together to their one year – 2012 – with the Indianapolis Colts. Stanton was Andrew Luck’s backup, while Arians was his offensive coordinator/interim head coach.

Stanton said he sat down with the Cardinals brass and asked them if he would have a fair chance to compete for the starting quarterback position.

“Knowing the type of guy BA is, and what they’re trying to do around here [and] the excitement surrounding this franchise, they need to find answers at this position,” Stanton said. “I want to be that answer, [and] I’m gonna do everything in my power to be that answer and given that opportunity I feel like I can.”

Now the question is: what do the Cardinals do with Kevin Kolb and his massive salary for 2013? It would seem that they would release him if they can’t work out a restructure.

Stanton hasn’t thrown a regular season pass since the 2010 season, when he was with the Detroit Lions. That season he started three games and went 69-of-119 for 780 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.