first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals have rewarded two people who have played an integral role in the team’s rise the last couple of seasons.It was announced Monday that the team had reached agreements on new contracts with head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim. Each is now under contract with the Cardinals through 2018. The team holds options for each for 2019.“Two years ago we hired Steve and Bruce a few days apart and believed we had something really special,” said Cardinals president Michael Bidwill in a press release. “Every day since then, they have done nothing but validate that belief. The team’s performance over the last two seasons certainly reflects how talented they are in their respective roles and it was important that we reward them for their accomplishments. I speak not only for myself but all Cardinals fans when I say how thrilled we all are that Steve and Bruce are now under contract through 2018.” Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arians was named the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year after guiding the Cardinals to an 11-5 record last season. His 21 wins since taking over in January 2014 are the most in franchise history for a coach in his first 32 games with the team.Keim has been named the NFL Executive of the Year by Pro Football Talk each of the last two years. He has made more than 400 roster moves since taking over as general manager in Jan. 2014. He has been with the Cardinals for 16 years after joining the team as a college scout in 1999. On #Cardinals contracts: GM Steve Keim now in the top 10 for GMs. Arians makes more than all-but Chip Kelly for coaches without Super Bowls— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 23, 2015 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more