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By PFW staff

The Cardinals announced Tuesday that Steve Keim has been promoted to be the team’s new general manager.

Keim originally joined the Cardinals in May, 1999 as a regional scout. He was promoted to his most recent job of vice president of player personnel in May, 2012.

Keim also served as director of college scouting and player personnel. He was considered a finalist for the Jaguars’ vacant general-manager position as well.

One of Keim’s first duties will be to hire a new head coach after the Cardinals fired Ken Whisenhunt. Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is one of the candidates. Keim replaces Rod Graves, who was also let go.

The way we see it

Unlike the Cardinals’ head-coach situation, which remains wide-open, Keim was widely considered the front runner to replace Graves. Having just finished his 14th year with the team, the well-regarded Keim has grinded his way up the Cardinals’ organizational ladder and provides a sense of continuity and stability in the wake of Ken Whisenhunt’s firing. As important as a decision on the Cardinals’ next head coach is the need for Keim to stabilize the team’s dreadful situation at quarterback. Near the top of his to-do list will be a decision on whether or not to retain high-priced QB Kevin Kolb, who was reasonably effective when healthy last season. Whether or not the team keeps Kolb, look for Keim to set his sights on drafting a QB relatively high in the 2013 draft.

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