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Steve Keim

General Manager

Biography

  • After 14 seasons working within the Cardinals personnel department, Keim was elevated to GM on January 8, 2013.
  • The teams put together by Keim have been some of the most successful in franchise history. In 2014, the Cardinals tied the franchise record for wins in a season (11) before setting a new mark in 2015 when Arizona won 13 games and earned its first-ever postseason bye.
  • During Keim's tenure, Arizona has established franchise records for wins in a season (13 in 2015), points in a season (489 in 2015), led the NFL in total offense for the first time in team history (#1 in 2015) and led the NFL in sacks for the second time ever (48.0 in 2016).
  • Arizona has featured a top-10 defense four times and a top-10 offense three times dating back to Keim's first season as GM. The Cardinals had a top-10 defense in three consecutive seasons (2015-17) for the first time since the 1970 merger. In 2020, Arizona offense ranked #6 overall after posting 6,153 total yards, the third-most in franchise history.
  • Selected QB Kyler Murray with the #1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Murray was named the 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and followed up in 2020 by becoming the youngest QB in franchise history (23) to earn a Pro Bowl nod. 
  • Among the trades negotiated by Keim during his tenure as GM are the acquisition of QB Carson Palmer from Oakland in 2013, acquiring LB Chandler Jones from New England in 2016, the trade that landed WR DeAndre Hopkins from Houston in 2020 and the trade with Las Vegas to acquire OL Rodney Hudson in 2021.
  • The Hopkins acquisition in 2020 received the Alpha Award for "Best Sports Transaction of the Year" from the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
  • The 2021 free agency period was one of Keim's busiest as GM. The players the Cardinals acquired have a combined 20 Pro Bowl selections and 11 All-Pro nods. Arizona brought in six different Pro Bowlers in the offseason: DL J.J. Watt, WR A.J. Green, OL Rodney Hudson, K Matt Prater, CB Malcolm Butler and RB James Conner.
  • 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).
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