It didn’t exactly generate the same buzz that Peyton Manning’s visit to the Cardinals Tempe training facility did last off-season.

But at least this time the Cardinals got their targeted free-agent quarterback to put his signature on a contract.

Drew Stanton, who hasn’t appeared in a regular-season game since Dec. 19, 2010 and spent last season as a backup to Andrew Luck in Indianapolis, signed a three-year, $8.2-million contract Wednesday — then perfectly summed up the Cardinals situation for, oh, about four years.

“They need to find an answer at this position,” he said, meaning his position, quarterback. “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.”

At this point, even a short-term answer would be an accomplishment for the Cardinals.

In a quarterback-driven league, the Cardinals have made mistake after mistake in evaluating them since Kurt Warner retired in 2009. From Derek Anderson to Max Hall. From John Skelton to Kevin Kolb. From Ryan Lindley to Brian Hoyer.

Those were all on Ken Whisenhunt and his staff. Stanton played last season in Indianapolis under Bruce Arians, who replaced Whisenhunt.

And it’s easy to see why Arians wanted Stanton. He looks the part. He’s got a big body — 6-foot-3, 243-pounds — and by all accounts an ever bigger arm. He knows Arians’ system. And for only $3 million in guaranteed money, he’ll be a bargain if he pans out.