The Arizona Republic reported late Thursday afternoon that the Cardinals have agreed to terms on new four-year contracts for both head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves that will run through 2013. Whisenhunt, who had two years left on his original deal, has a club option for a fifth year in his new contract. Graves was in the final year of his prior contract.
Terms of the deals were not disclosed, but in the case of Whisenhunt, recently extended deals for Saints head coach Sean Payton and Packers head coach Mike McCarthy averaging between $5 million and $5.5 million were widely considered reasonable parameters.
Whisenhunt, who has led the Cardinals to a pair of NFC West titles and a Super Bowl berth in his three years as the team's head coach, becomes the first Arizona head coach to have his contract extended since the team moved to the desert in 1988. The team's record has improved every year under his direction.
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