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Steve Keim: Trades Considered, But With Young Team, "Have To Make Sense"

A win Sunday would do more than just push the Cardinals improbably over .500 this season, given that it'd be a victory against a good Saints team on the road. But it will not impact what the Cardinals do prior to Tuesday's trade deadline, GM Steve Keim said Friday morning.

"We'll look at every opportunity regardless," Keim said during an appearance on the "Doug and Wolf" show on 98.7, Arizona's Sports Station. "To build a healthy roster, you have to think about all the things, whether it's mortgaging the future, the financial ramifications, where you are from a cap standpoint. We will look at the opportunity regardless, we'll look into making some trades, and they have to make sense for us.

"But again, we have a young core we are excited about, and we know we have a bright future, so we have to be smart about the decisions we make."

-- Along those lines, even with a three-game winning streak, Keim said his expectations haven't changed for this season. "I just wanted to see us progress and grow and get better, and that's what I've seen," he said. "The coaches have done a good job not only using the players to their strengths but also developing some of these young players that we do have."

-- The official injury report will be out later today, but Keim said he thinks it is likely that running back David Johnson (ankle) will again be a game-day decision whether he plays Sunday. If Alfred Morris and/or Zach Zenner have to play? "You just want those guys to be able to step up and function," Keim said.

-- Not surprisingly, Keim continues to be impressed with rookie quarterback Kyler Murray. "He's just a mentally tough kid that doesn't always look pretty because he's going to go through some growing pains," Keim said. "But when the lights come on, he always steps up, whether it is his feet or his arm. His leadership has continued to grow, which is exactly what we wanted. Where he is, in his development, as a rookie in this league, I really could not be more happy."

-- Keim noted that Chandler Jones has the most sacks in the NFL since the Cardinals acquired him in 2016 in a trade. In terms of Jones' now-infamous exclusion from the NFL top 100 countdown, Keim said "he's at the top of my list. ... I think the statistics speak for themselves."

-- Keim was asked if he thinks the Cardinals are "dangerous." "I do," Keim said. "Just because of the fact we can score, and I know our offense can be explosive. We obviously have to do the little things right to have success. We've improved in the red zone ... but the way we can move the football gives us an opportunity to win each week."

-- Patrick Peterson's return was as impressive to the GM as it was to everyone else. "For a guy to step in and do what he did after missing six games is a credit to him and his work ethic," Keim said. "It's just the freak that he is naturally, a rare cover corner that can do it all."

-- Keim said he has been impressed with Kliff Kingsbury's evolution and willingness to listen to ideas from his staff to put the Cardinals in a better place. "Each week he continues to grow, and that's the thing about him that I love the most," Keim said. "He's so humble and wants to learn. He's willing to step outside his comfort zone and do things that he didn't anticipate doing."

Steve Keim claps before a Seattle home game in 2019