Friday, February 15, 2013
More buzz on Stanton-to-Arizona
By Tim Kavanagh
For new Arizona Cardinals HC Bruce Arians and GM Steve Keim, the most important task this offseason is finding a solution at the QB position. Of the players currently on the roster, Kevin Kolb likely has the strongest shot at being the starter come Week 1, but that doesn't mean the team won't bring in some outside alternatives via trade, free agency or the draft.
We've heard impending free agent Drew Stanton linked to the Cardinals previously, and NFL.com's Adam Schein made the same connection in an article this week concerning under-valued free agents this offseason.
"I like this cat," Schein writes. "Stanton has talent. He was buried behind Matthew Stafford with the Detroit Lions. Sure, when he got in the lineup in 2009 and 2010, he didn't play well at all. But I would argue that he was a victim of circumstance, quarterbacking a pathetic, inept team. The New York Jets signed Stanton to push Mark Sanchez before the Tim Tebow nonsense. When Tebow arrived, Stanton requested a release or trade, and the Jets dealt him to the Indianapolis Colts. Stanton could compete for a starting job right now on at least seven NFL teams. He'd be a strong fit with the Arizona Cardinals; he could play for Bruce Arians, his coach in Indy last year, and compete with Kevin Kolb."
We're still at the stage of speculation, but the link between Stanton and the Cardinals seems to be a particularly logical one; now we wait until March 12 to find out just how strongly Arians feels about Stanton.