Cardinals sign coach Bruce Arians, GM Steve Keim to extensions
The extensions include team options for the 2019 season, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
Arians, 62, has gone 21-11 in two seasons as Arizona's head coach. Despite losing quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton to injuries, the Cardinals finished 11-5 and Arians was named AP Coach of the Year. He previously won the award in 2012 while serving as interim head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
Keim has been the team's general manager for the past two seasons and has been with the franchise for the past 16 seasons. Last week, he finalized a new contract with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said the extensions are a reward for the team's performance the last two seasons.
“Two years ago we hired Steve and Bruce a few days apart and believed we had something really special,” Bidwill said in a statement. “Every day since then they have validated that belief. The team’s performance over the last two seasons certainly reflects how talented they are in their respective roles and it was important that we reward them for their accomplishments.
“I speak not only for myself but all Cardinals fans when I say how thrilled we all are that Steve and Bruce are now under contract though 2018.”
The Cardinals lost to the Carolina Panthers in the Wild Card round and have the No. 24 in pick in the upcoming draft.
- Paul Palladino