The Arizona Cardinals like the direction the franchise is heading and in order to ensure the team stays on its current path, head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim were given new four year contracts on Monday.
Last week Keim announced a two-year deal between the Cardinals and franchise-leading receiver Larry Fitzgerald. After the Fitz contract the next step for the franchise was locking up Bruce Arians.
— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) February 23, 2015
The Cardinals placed 21 players on Injured Reserve last season, but still went on to finish the regular season with an 11-5 record. Arians was named 2014 NFL Coach of the Year and will no longer be the lowest-paid coach in the NFC West.
#AZCardinals coach Bruce Arians had his old contract torn up. New deal through 2018 pays him average of $6M per year. Team option for 2019
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 23, 2015
“Two years ago, we hired Steve and Bruce a few days apart and believed we had something really special,” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said. “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.”
Under Arians, the Arizona Cardinals have won 21 games in the last two seasons, the most ever for a new coach during that time span in franchise history.
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