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Cardinals sign Drew Stanton to three-year deal

Drew Stanton

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Drew Stanton (5) works before the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


The Cardinals have added another competitor to a crowded group at quarterback.

Drew Stanton, formerly the Colts’ backup quarterback, signed a three-year contract with Arizona, agent Mike McCartney said Wednesday.

Stanton didn’t play in a regular-season game with Indianapolis a season ago, but he did work with then-Colts offensive coordinator / interim head coach Bruce Arians.

Now, Stanton will reunite with Arians.

With Stanton joining the mix, the Cardinals have five quarterbacks: Stanton, Brian Hoyer (a restricted free agent), Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley. Clearly, they won’t be keeping all of them.

The 28-year-old Stanton garnered the final spot in PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.