Arizona Cardinals' Steve Keim earns rave reviews for DeAndre Hopkins trade, other moves
It wasn't too long ago that many people questioned whether Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim should have a job.
After all, Keim's draft record has been shaky, his team has struggled in recent years and he does have a DUI arrest on his record.
It didn't take long however, for a lot of that to change.
Just a matter of a few hours.
Arizona's GM is receiving rave reviews for his moves so far in the NFL offseason..
First, Keim pulled off what may be the best trade in Cardinals history when he acquired DeAndre Hopkins from the Houston Texans.
The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers described the Hopkins trade as a "heist" for the Cardinals and their general manager.
He wrote: "Keim knows that he needs to build around quarterback Kyler Murray while Murray is on his rookie contract. Offensively, the Cardinals have come a long way in a year. With Kliff Kingsbury calling plays for Murray, with Murray throwing to Hopkins, Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk and with Murray handing it to Drake, defensive coordinators will be in for some challenging afternoons. And with the NFL expanding the playoffs by one team in each conference, playing in the postseason doesn’t seem an outlandish expectation for the Cardinals. 'Keim Time' again has a positive connotation. At least until the draft."
The Ringer's Danny Kelly praised how Keim has learned from his previous mistakes.
He wrote: "Hindsight is always 20/20, but Cardinals general manager Steve Keim appears to have learned a valuable lesson from the team’s disastrous 2018 season. After hiring Steve Wilks to replace Bruce Arians (who retired), the team took UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen with the 10th pick as the heir apparent to Carson Palmer (who also retired), but the seemingly arbitrary pairing of a defensive-minded head coach and a developmental rookie signal-caller did not go well. Lacking any semblance of a support system or a forward-thinking play-caller, Rosen bombed, the team finished 3-13, Wilks was fired, and Arizona hit the reset button after earning the top overall pick in the draft. Keim hired Kingsbury as head coach, then used the first pick of last year’s draft to take Murray, a college Air Raid–star (subsequently trading Rosen to the Dolphins). Sunk costs notwithstanding, Arizona now has what seems to be a coherent plan: building around both its wunderkind coach’s scheme and its pint-sized quarterback’s skill set. Hopkins gives Kingsbury and Murray a massive, massive boost, and should drastically accelerate the team’s timeline toward contention. His addition also makes the Cardinals must-see TV in 2020."