The Arizona Cardinals did not have to look far to find their next general manager.
According to NFL.com, Steve Keim has been promoted today from his vice president of player personnel position to his new role as the General Manager of the Arizona Cardinals. Keim, 40, has been with the organization since 1999. He takes over for Rod Graves, who was fired on Dec. 31, 2012.
Keim will have a big say in who the new head coach of the Red Birds will be. That process is still on-going, headed by team president Michael Bidwill . Keim is highly thought of in the Cardinals organization and has been praised for helping to draft standout players like Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson, Adrian Wilson, Darnell Dockett and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie , among others.
Keim has spent several years in the Cardinals organization as a regional scout, director of college scouting, director of player personnel and more recently helped Graves negotiate contracts. He has a big task ahead as the Red BIrds are still looking for a solid quarterback since Kurt Warner retired in 2009. They also need to greatly improve their offensive line, one of the worst in the league this past season.
Keim was considered one of the final candidates for the GM post in Jacksonville after interviewing last week with owner Shad Khan. The San Diego Chargers expressed interest in him as well.
As far as the head coaching search is concerned, the Cardinals have already interviewed defensive coordinator Ray Horton and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Arizona is scheduled to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, perhaps by Thursday and may still talk with Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
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