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Cards move fast in free agency

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona has reached contract agreements with five free agents, including quarterback Drew Stanton, who follows new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians to the desert.

Also released starting free safety Kerry Rhodes, a move that cleared cap space to help accommodate the signings.

The other additions are running back Rashard Mendenhall, cornerback Jerraud Powers, safety Yeremiah Bell and cornerback Lorenzo Alexander. Stanton backed up Andrew Luck last season in Indianapolis, where Arians served first as offensive coordinator, then as interim head coach.

Mendenhall's deal is for one-year. The agreement follows the team's release of running back Beanie Wells on Monday.

Mendenhall played four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where his offensive coordinator for much of that time was new Arizona head coach Bruce Arians. 

He had a difficult 2012 season after tearing an ACL in 2011. Last year, he rushed for just 182 yards in 52 carries. Mendenhall rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported late Wednesday night that veteran wide receiver/kick returner Josh Cribbs will sign with the Cardinals. Cribbs has an NFL record eight kick returns for touchdowns in his career.

Arizona also reportedly visited with cornerback Antoine Cason (UA '07) Wednesday. Cason has started 45 games for the San Diego Chargers over the past three seasons and has 12 career interceptions.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.

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