We knew the Cardinals would add a camp arm sometime before the start of offseason activities, and that took place today. The team announced the signing of quarterback Chandler Harnish, the 2012 Draft "Mr. Irrelevant".
With Carson Palmer rehabbing from his torn ACL and Drew Stanton recovering from his own knee injury, the team needed another quarterback for offseason workouts. The Cardinals usually go with four quarterbacks heading into training camp.
Harnish (6-2, 222) spent last season on the Vikings practice squad and was on the active roster for Minnesota's game against Green Bay on October 2, but did not play. He originally entered the league with Indianapolis as a seventh round selection (253rd overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Northern Illinois. Harnish spilt his rookie season with the Colts between the active roster and the team's practice squad and he spent the entire 2013 season on the Colts practice squad.
While at Northern Illinois, Harnish started 45 of 47 games in four seasons, completing 687 passes on 1,110 attempts (61.9%) for 8,944 yards and 68 touchdowns. He also ran for 2,983 yards and 24 touchdowns on 538 carries. As a senior in 2011, he was selected as the Mid-American Conference MVP from the league's coaches while also being named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year.
He will likely fill the roll that Ryan Lindley did last offseason, playing through the 3rd preseason game before being cut. With the team probably carrying three quarterbacks on the active roster, it is unlikely Harnish will see the Cardinals practice squad either.