Bidwill: Cards to extend Arians, Keim in near future


Cardinals president Michael Bidwill knows a good thing when he sees it.

After watching coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim build Arizona into a playoff team, Bidwell said Wednesday that he plans to extend both their contracts.

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"I think it's the right thing to do, and I want to reward people that have had success and brought success to the team," Bidwill told KMVP-FM in Arizona. "I can't think of two people more deserving -- coach of the year, two times in three years, executive of the year.

"They've both done tremendous jobs, brought tremendous leadership and success to the organization and I want to be in the habit of rewarding people that bring that kind of success."

The Cardinals signed Keim to a four-year contract in 2013. Arians soon after was inked for four years with a team option for a fifth. Bidwell told the station that he plans to get "something done here in the next few weeks."

The time is right. Arians has produced back-to-back double-digit-win seasons in his first two years in the desert. Keim -- who rose up through the ranks after 15 years in the team's front office -- has fortified the Cardinals with more than 400 roster moves since taking over as GM.

"(Arians is) like a brother, dad, coach, best friend -- all of that," defensive tackle Darnell Dockett told NFL Media's Michael Silver in November. "He don't give a (damn). But no matter how hard he is on you, he's gonna always have your back."

Now Bidwill has his. 

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