Steve Keim has made plenty of excellent moves as the general manager of the Arizona Cardinals.
After starting as a scout for the Arizona Cardinals in 1999, Steve Keim remained true to the franchise and worked his way up the ranks. In 2013, the Cardinals rewarded that loyalty by promoting Keim from V.P. of player personnel to general manager. Though he’s certainly made questionable decisions in the position, he’s also made several great ones.
Keim’s success as a general manager shows in his resume. In his first and second season’s as a GM, Keim was named Pro Football Talk’s Executive of the Year. In his second, Sporting News gave him their version of the award.
But Keim’s been stumbling as of late. He’s struggled to build complete drafts, has earned a D.I.U. citation, and has notably parted ways with former players in ugly fashions. However, his shaky past few years still got him a four-year extension from the team in early 2018.
With that being said, Keim is likely here for the long-haul. The entire roster is built off of his draftees, influences, signings, trades, and hires. Though some of his recent moves have ended in disaster (Steve Wilks), he’s made several, beneficial, franchise-altering transactions. So, let’s look at ten of those.