Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 3/13/13
TEMPE, Ariz. -- At least four free agents are scheduled to visit the Cardinals Wednesday according to multiple reports, their agents or their own Twitter feeds: Quarterback Drew Stanton (Colts), linebacker Rey Maualuga (Bengals), running back Rashard Mendenhall (Steelers) and cornerback Jerraud Powers (Colts). Each would address a need for the Cardinals. Powers would seem the most pressing need, given the fact that Cardinals only have two cornerbacks under contract in Patrick Peterson and 2012 third-round pick Jamell Fleming. The Cards had hoped to re-sign free-agent Greg Toler, but he signed a three-year, 15 million deal with the Colts on Tuesday. The Cards already cut veteran William Gay, and there has been no indication they are interested in bringing back free agent Michael Adams. Powers, 25, has a strong relationship with new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, but the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Powers also intends to honor his visit with the Chargers oddly enough, where several former Cardinals coaches now reside, including new offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Powers, who has an injury history like Toler, has played 42 of a possible 64 games in his four seasons, with 165 tackles, six interceptions and 133 passes defended. He missed four games last season and the playoffs when he went on injured reserve as a result of a toe injury he suffered in Week 9. If the Cardinals do not convince Kevin Kolb to take a pay cut from his current 9 million salary, Stanton is a possibility to replace him. Like Powers, Stanton, 28, played for Arians last season so he would have a leg up on understanding Arians offensive system, although he would still need to learn the personnel and overcome what has been a less than inspiring start to his NFL career. In five NFL seasons with Indianapolis and Detroit, Stanton has completed 104 of 187 passes for 1,158 yards (55.6 percent) with five touchdowns, nine interceptions and a career passer rating of 63.1. He has four career starts, all with the Lions, and none since 2010. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Mendenhall will visit the Cards. He is the type of power back Arians has said he wants in his backfield, although he just released another injury-prone one in Beanie Wells. Mendenhall, 25, was drafted 23rd overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008 out of Illinois and has had an up-and-down career. In 2009, with Arians as his offensive coordinator, Mendenhall rushed for 1,108 yards and seven touchdowns then followed that with 1,273 yards and 13 TDs in 2010. But he tore his ACL in 2011 and was never right in 2012 when he totaled just 182 yards on 51 carries. He was suspended for a game against the Dallas Cowboys after he refused to show up to the previous week's game because he had been deactivated. Maualuga wasnt on anyones radar until he tweeted late Tuesday afternoon: Wheels up to AZ freeagency. In four seasons, Maualuga, 26, has 198 tackles, three sacks, 10 passes defended and six forced fumbles. The Bengals want him back, but Maualuga wants to test the free-agent waters. He is, as you will find out when this free agency period starts, a lot better than what a lot of people give him credit for, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer said, via the teams website. I think thats going to be what people are going to find out if he goes. If hes not here, people are going to miss him and say we should have had him. Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter
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