Keim: Extension meetings with agents upcoming

Posted by Darren Urban on October 27, 2015 – 8:10 am

On this Tuesday morning, General Manager Steve Keim is flying out. It’s to visit Ohio State, he said during his appearance on the “Doug and Wolf” show on Arizona Sports 98.7, and it’s also to speak to agents about contract extensions. Now, Keim was careful not to mention who. It could be about a veteran like a Chris Johnson or Jermaine Gresham, guys that are on one-year deals. It could also be about one of the many defensive backs who are coming into free agency, like Justin Bethel or Rashad Johnson or Jerraud Powers. Maybe a combination, or someone else. But given the amount of potential free agents the Cardinals can have after the season, locking someone down seems prudent if a deal can be reached.

— Keim said he can’t argue with the win Monday night. But given that it could’ve — and maybe should’ve — ended 27-10, “I certainly would’ve been a lot happier.”

— He called the fourth-quarter special-teams “meltdown” — with the missed extra point and the punt block, “the most disappointing.”

— The offensive line protected fairly well, Keim said, and he called Carson Palmer’s 20-for-29 night with 2 TDs and no picks “efficient.” He also said, in terms of the offensive line, “I still don’t think we’ve played our best football up front.” That will come as the group continues to grow together as the season rolls along.

— No word yet on cornerback Powers’ hamstring. But as I said last night, that’s one of those positions on an otherwise deep roster that can least afford an injury.

— Keim called the play in which running back Chris Johnson got up and finished a 62-yard scamper a “heads-up play” although he said he wished Johnson would have been slightly more patient and waited for a John Brown block so he could’ve finished the touchdown run. (As a side note, the Cardinals only got three points out of that whole thing.)

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41 Responses to “Keim: Extension meetings with agents upcoming”

  1. By DTL aka Patrick Hoog on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    Love situation where we complain about 5-2, only won by 8, only got 150 yds running, twice couldn’t run it in from 3 on the Ravens!? Lol. Guess what, the Ravens incurred their biggest loss of the season, at 1-6. Their run D is stout, their front 7 is excellent, yet we rolled and survived 2 freaknight plays… on MNF. Sweeeet. DTL

  2. By Dr H on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    Power Index has Cards the BEST team in the NFC!!!! Keim resign EVERY player on this team!!!!

  3. By joe Holst on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    Jermaine Gresham looked fantastic and just added another lethal weapon. I don’t think they have enough cap room to extend more than 1 at this time , I would extend Powers and Justin Bethel 1st and foremost and home for a hometown discount with Gresham and Chris Johnson will probably walk and they have the RB depth to let him.

  4. By Richard L on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    Really, Keim is calling out Chris Johnson for not waiting for a block. CJ is no. 2 running back in the league. Do you really want to offend CJ right now. Keim fails to call out Cat Man and Butler who were awful and deserve to be called out. Where’s his priorities!

  5. By DTL aka Patrick Hoog on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    David Johnson whiffed badly on a block (saw tape last night post game) … may have misspoke or someone misheard?

  6. By clssylssy on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    Sounds like Keim is just building his case for not paying Chris after this season when CLEARLY, CJ is our best RB (he didn’t sit and wait when opportunity presented itself). AE is Arian’s boy, but a really good GM would recognize that Chris was found gold and saved us when AE was out hurt. Plus we have needed that gritty veteran leadership at the RB position as all of the others are still pretty green, not really ready to put their face in the fire and do some of the dirty work, blocking etc.
    Keim is facing a tough year and has a big job cut out for him as a negotiator with so much talent due for extentions…guess we’ll see how good of a GM he really is at keeping a playoff caliber team together while managing the cap! The dynasty teams seem to always find a way…that’s how they get to be “dynasties”

  7. By jeffcardinalfan on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    was glad to see carson taking some checkdowns!!! Gresham finally caught a few but blocked poorly. how about freeney!? hopefully he can bring even more pressure as he gets in football shape and who better to mentor markus golden? why wasn’t fitz targeted more especially in red zone? thank goodness that there is time to get the special team goof on blocked punt fixed and communication issues in secondary. anybody else notice the raven wr split out on right side with no card db within 15 yards? I think it was play before Jefferson pic . luckily for cards wr ran inside-if flacco had seen him and he had just stood still he would have walked into end zone. all in all a good win and plenty of coaching material for this week. browns should b easy win but in nfl ya never know.

  8. By kauaicardsfan on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    Great win Cards! Need to look at butler, must be someone else out there? average punts not very good also I know it was the blocking that made him get the punt blocked but he still needs to get it out faster.
    Cat man has missed too much this year? Maybe he needs competition again??
    Sorry to be so critical but if we want to go all the way, little things like that will bite us come playoff time!

    Keep looking for competition Kiem ! I know you will find a gem out there if our special teamers cant be consistent with there 1 job !!

    Go Cards!!1

  9. By DTL aka Patrick Hoog on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    Almost as much fun as watching CJ’s 62 yd run is BA’spost game speech and then tiny (who plays huge) 32 closing out the celebration. Bring on Johhny Football…best game to be w/o JP, Justin will do just fine.And how about that punt return strip, wow.

  10. By Jon on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    Darren can you please explain to me why there was no 10 second run off? They said its because the stopped the clock but the last play was a completion. So the refs would had to have stopped it. If they stopped it for illegal shift in this game why did they not in the Jets game?

  11. By Darren Urban on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    Jon —

    RE: No runoff

    The clock was already stopped before the play. Also, the penalty was within the play and not a dead ball (like a false start) penalty. The clock would have been stopped with a false start. Once the play begins, the runoff rule is moot.

  12. By Red Dead Redemption on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    Arians is just too stubborn for his own good. Butler has got to be cut and it really is as simple as that. He will end up costing us a game in the playoffs or Superbowl – you know like he did last year. I don’t trust Catman at all either. He’s looked horrible the past two weeks. Anyone who sucks at kicking a 50+ yard field goals is really of no use. But I understand FG kickers aren’t easy to replace.

    Look at Nick Folk. Kicked a 55 yard field goal that seemingly meant nothing at the time for the Jets. But that developed into at least a chance at the end of the game. Stuff like that can haunt you. If Catman makes that field goal or the extra point that last drive means nothing.

    This wasn’t a great win Cardinals. Should be ashamed it was this close. Against a Patriots, Panthers, Packers, Flacons, Bengals or any top team we lose this game. Luckily we have two bye weeks coming up against the Browns and the bye after.

  13. By tkm on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    —————WE NEED A PUNTER!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. By TucsonTim on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    Of all the things to complain about last night’s game, I really don’t think CJ2K’s heads up 62 yard run should be on the list. Come on man>

    Every man is a damn fool for at least 5 minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. E Hubbard. I think that was Keim’s 5 minutes. Unfortunately, it was on the radio.

  15. By rod on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    We will not lose another game this year!

  16. By clssylssy on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    Thank you Tucson Tim…LOL…very well stated! Here’s hoping!

  17. By jaime on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    someone please get Massie up to the task, he’s getting beat to many times. Im a Watford fan so my judgment may be a lil one direction. Besides that… Awesome game!!!! Keep the speed keep it rolling no letting up!!!! Full throttle till Disneyland!!!!

  18. By JohnnyBluenose on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    @Rod….you have looked at our schedule, right?

  19. By JohnnyBluenose on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    @Clssylssy….AE was BA’s guy but I’m not sure that’s still so. AE only had one touch against Pittsburgh and was not given much of an opportunity to dominate last night. And David Johnson was rarely used and has been very quiet since week 4. About the only play maker who is regularly in the mix is John Brown. He has certainly played very well but I think he does a little too much “chest pounding” after his plays. It’s like he is saying, “Look at me, I’m the man”. Maybe Larry needs to talk to him. Or maybe I’m all wrong. It sometimes happens.

  20. By Robert on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    i was not impressed with OL Massey got beat everal times and the left side with Lupaiti and the LT were SOFT. Yes you heard me…both those guys have not played anywhere up to there ll pro potential. Not enough beaf in the LB position which i said was an issue since day one. The D can’t get off the field..we are going to get blasted when we play Seatlle and st louis again better do something..i do not like Buchanen as a LB..he’s never going to make the year..he’s just not big enough to handle these 300plus lb lineman

  21. By krehbieo14 on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    Keim selected CJ and he’s making our GM look like a genius. You think Steve K. doesn’t see that? His comment was an afterthought. CJ would have scored had he followed his blocker. I’ll bet Keim is meeting with his agent to extend his contract as we speak. I don’t think we’ll lose CJ or Gresham because Keim sees their value and is a master at selecting talent.

  22. By Dobie on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    They got to play better after Cleveland the rest are very good teams and I am talking super bowl contenders they got to dominate like they played like the start of the seasons

  23. By vandyman2424 on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    Hey Clssylssy and Richard- Don’t hate on Keim for pushing our players to greatness!! Keim made a good observation- If CJ would have slowed a bit and cut right, JB could have made the block and we could have had a TD. That was a great run (and great awareness by CJ), but SK and BA are trying to turn him into a champion- let them do their thing!!

    Hey Darren-
    You da man! Thx for all of the great coverage. Do you think we can create enough cap room to keep guys like CJ, Gresham, Momah, Fells, Freeney, Jefferson, Powers, Bethel, and Leach? 3 FA TE’s is kinda scary…Will other guys need to restructure in order for it to happen?

  24. By Darren Urban on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    vandyman —

    RE: FAs

    You can’t keep them all. Someone is going to be offered more money elsewhere.

  25. By vandyman2424 on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    Thx Darren- agreed. Glad I don’t have to do the math… I would be stoked if we were able to keep those 9 guys (out of the 25 UFA/RFA/ERFA’s currently on the roster). Maybe throw Larsen and Sendlein and Mauro in there too lol…Should be able to find draft picks or cheaper options to replace the other guys. GO BIRDZ!!!

  26. By Blackb on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    What? It was a good win vs a team that had to win. Also Kiem is doing great and not calling out anyone. If cj keeps producing he will still be a Cardinal.

  27. By Scott H on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    I thought exactly the same things about the 62 yard run by CJ. It was absolutely a TOTAL heads-up play on his part. When he took off, I thought for sure he was headed for the end-zone and I felt like kicking someone when he was brought down just shy of it. DANG IT!!!!

    PS – And, yes, I did have CJ in my fantasy line-up last night. That score would have iced the game for the Cards AND given me an even bigger night than the one he had. D’oh!

  28. By Scott H on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    joe hoist –

    Gresham did look good. Except for the one play where he had the catch ( perfect touch throw from Palmer ) until he a defender blasted it out of his hands. C’mon, man….gotta hold onto that one. Just glad it wasn’t a turnover.

  29. By clssylssy on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    wouda,coulda,shoulda…don’t think anyone is “hating” on Keim or that he’s
    ” pushing anyone towards greatness”. Just say’n…was one heck of a play and in twenty years I haven’t seen any RB on this team do anything quite that incredible. Most people respond positively when accomplishments are recognized and aspire to do even better! No guarantees Brown would have made the block either. A bird in the hand, etc.
    It’s a sad reality that this HAS to be our year because, with the amount of talent this team has, the cap is going to be the great equilizer and for young guys this is their springboard to the big contracts. The Cards were recently voted the #2 team in the NFL for “Watchability Ratings” (the most entertaining to watch) so we need to savor and enjoy every minute while it lasts!

  30. By krehbieo14 on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    Richard / Robert:

    Keim didn’t “call out” CJ. It was an observation that was accurate. Our GM may be working out an extension as we speak. Iupati had a stellar PFF rating of +4.1 against the Ravens.

  31. By Dr. G. on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    TTim – – Cannot subscribe to E. Hubbard’s nonsense, though humorous.

    Keim is right on here; had CJ been “thinking,” JBrown had the speed to maybe catch up and provide the block needed for the TD. He was, however, not closing very fast…CJ can still scat with the ball…a great play..the Ravens corner had the angle, but was also really fast…glad Keim got CJ… “”A new deal now?”

    P.S. On a side note, has everyone noticed how David Johnson looks patiently for the hole thru the line…””a thinker”…??…. later Cards Fans….

  32. By Tucsontim on Oct 27, 2015 | Reply

    So everyone who is thumbs down, do you think it is a good idea for the GM to berate our RB (that’s running back..cause you probably don’t know) who happened to run 122 yards this game.

    Keim said Carson Palmer was a god send to this organization. Yes I agree. But Chris Johnson is also a god send. So why even go there. Maybe he plays to a different drummer. I saw him at the Marriot in Chicago when everyone else was at the stadium. So obviously he was late for some reason. So what???? OK, he does play to a different drummer. Who TF cares. You think M Lynch is on the bus and at every meeting singing kumbaya.

    If we are going to make it deep into the playoffs or hopefully the SB, it will be on the running game of CJ2K as much as the arm of CP or the hands of Fitz and Smokey.

    Keim needs to check his ego.

  33. By Darren Urban on Oct 28, 2015 | Reply

    Tucson —

    RE: “berate our RB”

    Did I miss something? Where the heck to Keim berate CJ?

    Please tell me you aren’t suggesting that because Keim said he wished Johnson would’ve waited for a block you think that’s criticism. And I really hope, even if that was the case, you don’t think it would affect whether Johnson re-signed.

    Johnson will re-sign if the Cards offer enough money. If he thinks he can get more elsewhere, he won’t.

  34. By tkm on Oct 28, 2015 | Reply

    i take it the 1 thumbs down i got was from the punter’s family member,cause that’s the only way it could have gotten there

  35. By Bob on Oct 28, 2015 | Reply

    I liked Drew Butler’s first couple of punts last night and was thinking maybe there was actually some hope for him. There’s surely got to be someone better out there in the free agency pool. I haven’t liked him ever since he came in when Zastudil got hurt last year.

    It was a great heads up play by CJ to keep going with the ball because he didn’t hear the whistle. Really it was just luck that sided with the team that time. Had that been STL the play probably would have been ruled dead.

    I noticed DJ is still struggling with the pass block assignments, he let one defender whoosh right past him. Massie was getting beat up on by Dumervil quite a bit as well. I noticed they started double teaming him a bit.

    As far as the free agents go, we really need to keep JB for his special teams prowess and Rashad Johnson because of his football IQ. RJ is basically a coach on the field and has great anticipation of plays. I’m not sure about JP. He is a good player, but I guess it comes down to how much money he’s going to command.

  36. By perry matherne on Oct 28, 2015 | Reply

    Steve kiem,you better keep c.johnson

  37. By tkm on Oct 29, 2015 | Reply

    there is nothing to like about drew butler’s punting,he’d have trouble making a good high school team.i can’t beleive he is still on this team,does nothing to change field position.only has one basic job and is pitiful at it.i don;t dislike him,he might be a super great person,but he’s no punter.

  38. By timmy on Oct 29, 2015 | Reply

    Did you even listen to the interview with Doug and Wolf. Keim simply made a comment. It was a great play that would have been better had he waited and it turned into a touchdown. He didn’t sound upset or anything, just making a comment.

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