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Cardinals extend contracts of coach Arians, GM Keim

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PHOENIX (AP) After consecutive seasons with double-digit wins, the Arizona Cardinals have extended the contracts of coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim.

The new deals put the pair under contract through the 2018 season with a team option for 2019.

Under Keim and Arians, the Cardinals went 10-6 in 2013, then 11-5 last season, earning a wild card playoff berth.

Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said the team hired the two a few days apart thinking they had something ''really special.'' Bidwill said Arians and Keim ''have done nothing but validate that belief.''

Arians was NFL coach of the year last season, the second time he has received the award in three years.

Under their previous agreements, both were under contract through 2016, with a team option for Arians in 2017.


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