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Steve Keim
General Manager

Biography

NOTECARDS:

  • After 14 seasons working within the Cardinals personnel department, Keim was elevated to GM on January 8, 2013.
  • During his first four seasons as GM the Cardinals have more wins (41) than they had in any other four-year span in team history. Only New England (50), Denver (46), Seattle (45) and Kansas City (43) have more wins than Arizona during Keim’s tenure as GM.
  • Arizona and New England are the only teams in the NFL that have ranked in the top-10 on both offense and defense each of the last two seasons. In 2015, the Cardinals finished the season with the NFL’s No. 1 ranked offense for the first time ever. Arizona’s No. 2 ranked defense in 2016 was the team’s highest dating back to the 1970 merger. 
  • Named Sporting News 2014 NFL Executive of the Year and earned back-to-back NFL Executive of the Year honors from the editors of Pro Football Talk (2013-14).
  • In his first four seasons GM, Keim executed a total of 819 roster moves. That includes a high of 227 moves in 2016 when 32 players missed a combined 159 games due to injury. 

NOTECARDS:

  • After 14 seasons working within the Cardinals personnel department, Keim was elevated to GM on January 8, 2013.
  • During his first four seasons as GM the Cardinals have more wins (41) than they had in any other four-year span in team history. Only New England (50), Denver (46), Seattle (45) and Kansas City (43) have more wins than Arizona during Keim’s tenure as GM.
  • Arizona and New England are the only teams in the NFL that have ranked in the top-10 on both offense and defense each of the last two seasons. In 2015, the Cardinals finished the season with the NFL’s No. 1 ranked offense for the first time ever. Arizona’s No. 2 ranked defense in 2016 was the team’s highest dating back to the 1970 merger. 
  • Named Sporting News 2014 NFL Executive of the Year and earned back-to-back NFL Executive of the Year honors from the editors of Pro Football Talk (2013-14).
  • In his first four seasons GM, Keim executed a total of 819 roster moves. That includes a high of 227 moves in 2016 when 32 players missed a combined 159 games due to injury.

Steve Keim was promoted to General Manager on January 8, 2013 after 14 seasons in the Cardinals organization. After the team put together 21 wins during the first two years of his tenure (2013-14), Keim received a contract extension in February of 2015 that will keep him with the team through the 2018 season.

In four seasons since his promotion, the Cardinals have posted a 41-22-1 record and Keim has developed into one of the league’s most highly respected GMs. Named the 2014 Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year in a vote of NFL coaches and team executives, Keim also earned back-to-back NFL Executive of the Year honors from the editors of Pro Football Talk (2013-14).

The teams put together by Keim during his time as GM have been some of the most successful in franchise history. In 2014 the team tied the franchise record for wins in a season (11) before setting a new mark in 2015 when the Cardinals won 13 games and earned its first-ever postseason bye. The Cardinals also established team records for total offense, points scored and total TDs during the ’15 season.

Arizona and New England are the only teams in the NFL that have ranked in the top-10 on both offense and defense each of the last two seasons. In 2015, the Cardinals finished the season with the NFL’s No. 1 ranked offense for the first time ever. Arizona’s No. 2 ranked defense in 2016 was the team’s highest dating back to the 1970 merger. The 2015 season marked the first time in 52 years the Cards finished in the top-five in both offense and defense in a single season.

Keim has worked tirelessly to build the Cardinals roster. During his first three seasons as GM (2013-15), Keim made 592 total roster moves and the team posted a 34-14 record during that span. The 2016 season was Keim’s busiest yet, as he made 227 total roster moves due to a host of injuries on both sides of the ball. Arizona had 32 players combine to miss 159 total games last season, including seven of the team’s Week 1 starters who ended the year on injured reserve. During his first four seasons as GM, Keim has made 819 roster moves and the team won more games (41) than in any other four-year stretch in its long history.

The 44-year old Keim originally joined Arizona in May, 1999 as a college scout in the east. He was promoted to Director of College Scouting in 2006, Director of Player Personnel in 2008, and then was promoted to Vice President, Player Personnel in May, 2012.

In his tenure with the team, Keim and the Cardinals have been commended for their successful draft classes, especially in recent years. Pro Bowlers Patrick Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald, Tyrann Mathieu, David Johnson and Justin Bethel were acquired through those drafts, as were standouts such as Markus Golden, D.J. Humphries, John Brown and Deone Bucannon.  

Another area in which Keim has had particular success in building the roster is through free agency and trades. During each of his first three offseasons as GM, Keim signed a free agent who went on to make the Pro Bowl that season (Mike Iupati, Antonio Cromartie, John Abraham). The Cardinals were the only team in the NFL to accomplish such a feat. Arizona’s free agent signings under Keim include: O-linemen Jared Veldheer and Mike Iupati, DT Frostee Rucker, QB Drew Stanton, CB Antonio Cromartie and LBs John Abraham and Dwight Freeney. In 2016, Keim’s biggest move came when he executed a high-profile trade for Pro Bowl LB Chandler Jones, who went on to register 57 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 11 sacks during his first season with Arizona. QB Carson Palmer, who has a 35-17-1 record as a starter in Arizona, was acquired by Keim in a trade with the Oakland Raiders in 2013.

Of the 53 players on the Cardinals roster at the end of last season, 49 were acquired by Keim during his time as GM.

Keim attended Red Land High School near Harrisburg, PA and earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from North Carolina State in 1995. A two-time all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a guard at N.C. State, Keim started 36 consecutive games at left guard for the Wolfpack. He was named the offensive freshman of the year in 1991 and was the ACC Player of the Week following the team’s victory over Maryland in November 1994. During a standout senior season where he was also a captain, Keim was named the N.C. State offensive line MVP and won the Jim Ritcher Award for the highest graded offensive lineman in addition to being named third team All-American from Gameplan magazine.

Keim had a brief stint in pro football as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins (1996) and Edmonton Eskimos (1997) of the Canadian Football League before returning to coach at N.C. State.

He served as assistant strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater for two years, assisted the recruiting coordinator with evaluations, and served as a liaison to NFL personnel wishing to scout Wolfpack football players.

Keim resides in Chandler, AZ with his wife, Kimberly, daughter Sloane, and sons Carson, Brady and Warner.

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