Keim: Trade talks, but “no reason to panic”

Posted by Darren Urban on November 2, 2015 – 8:16 am

The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday. Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said there are always talks going on, but there is “nothing imminent.”

“It’s always tough to pull off a deal,” Keim said Monday during his appearance on “Doug and Wolf” on Arizona Sports 98.7. Teams often want more than other teams are willing to give up. “We’re in a position where we feel pretty good about our roster,” Keim said. “There is no reason to panic.”

He was asked specifically about finding a pass rusher. Keim noted teams aren’t trading pass rushers (they’re not) unless a) they make too much money for what they are or b) there is another issue off-the-field. That’s what happens. Teams need pass rushers too much to ever want to trade a decent one.

Keim was also asked about possible contract extensions. It was reported Sunday Keim has been talking extension with running back Chris Johnson, which isn’t a surprise (and I’d guess CJ isn’t the only one that the team has talked with about a deal.) But talks don’t mean a deal is close. Sometimes, it just means the team and the agent trade ideas of what they are looking for. There are a lot of variables that go into this.

“To get a deal done, it needs to be beneficial to both team and player,” Keim said. “Sometimes that’s difficult to do.”

When a player is eight games away (plus playoffs?) from unrestricted free agency and the open market, there are reasons to want to wait. And the Cardinals want to make sure their deals fit the budget and the future plan and all the puzzle pieces that come together for the 2016 roster, and the 2017 roster, etc.

As for the rest of Keim’s thoughts …

— Keim said he is not satisfied with the season given what the Cardinals still have to work on, but “but I feel good about the record. We’re in a pretty good position.” The Cardinals are 6-2, after all.

— Keim praised the “attitude and toughness” of tight end Jermaine Gresham, noting that Gresham is coming into his own. Gresham did make a couple of nice third-down catches Sunday.

— Michael Floyd also had his best game of the year. “With Mike, we were never down on him,” Keim said. Floyd just had to wait for his opportunities with all the weapons the Cardinals have. A quick aside: Floyd was big Sunday with John Brown not playing. We’ll see how they mesh when Brown gets back on the field.

— Keim was happy with the play of rookie wideout J.J. Nelson. The speed is obvious. Keim liked his stop-and-start ability and his precise route-running.

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37 Responses to “Keim: Trade talks, but “no reason to panic””

  1. By D on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    Bad team’s like TN and Detroit have good pass rushers, but they won’t trade them and b) the Cards current Cap couldn’t handle a 7-9 mil addition. I think with a healthy Okafor coming back along with Freeney and Golden we go into playoff battle with them…the next game the Cards get into with a decent size lead, I would play K. Martin some more to see if he can provide some pass rush..(doesn’t appear S. Riddick is ready yet this year).

    I would rather see Mr. Keim extend Bethel and CJ before the end of the year with the Cap they have available

  2. By joe holst on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    Seemed like Palmer was hit a lot yesterday I hope they crackdown on protecting him more with a lot of great defenses coming up, Seattle, St.Louis, Cincy, CJ’s 2 fumbles could not help his extension talks. They will need to be able to deal with the crowd noise when they go to Seattle in 2 weeks. Great win yesterday.

  3. By DTL on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    JJ Nelson, so glad for him, so happy for CP, another weapon to stretch the field;

    Keim distilled, “our cup is half full, of a premium beverage”. Also mentioned that some teams improve, peak in 2nd half; Cards primed?

    Fumbles an issue, can be corrected, but achilles heel?
    Packers exposed last night, Carolina will be soon enough.

  4. By tkm on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    great comeback but get down like that after bye week with those teams and no way to come back.need to start like we finish.feel good about record ,but all phases need to learn to play all 60.don’t get me wrong I don’t know many teams that can play perfect for 60 just does not happen,but can’t lay an egg for 15=30 minutes and expect to win in this league against elite teams let alone under average teams.go cards–wonder if any trades happen?

  5. By Kevin S Mesa on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    Anyone else concerned about the Rams at this point?

    Was just looking over their schedule… we play them once, and then we have CIN, MIN, SF and SEA as common opponents. The other three games, we play SEA, GB and PHI and they play… BAL, DET and TB.

    They currently hold the tiebreaker over us. We are going to need to win in St. Louis.

    Next week, while we’re off, my favorite team will be the Vikings.

  6. By Austen on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply


    Do you see Keim trying to strike a deal for Vernon Davis? Or do you think we are good where we are on our roster?

  7. By Darren Urban on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    Austen —

    RE: Vernon Davis

    I do not. Not sure what Davis has left, or that’d he be an upgrade from what they have.

  8. By georgiebird on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    The spread on the Cards at Seattle game in two weeks will tell us a lot about what the Cards have accomplished on the national scene. If the spread is 5 or more- the Cards are still just pretenders in the eyes of the National media. Point spreads don’t predict winners but they are a sign of respect.

  9. By Dynosoar on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    Kevin S Mesa,

    I am thinking of your thoughts that the Rams currently hold the tie-break over us, but as long as we have the better record, tiebreaks won’t matter.

    And no I’m not concerned about the Rams. I’m very, very, very concerned about a man named Gurley.

  10. By Dynosoar on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    georgiebird, (and anyone else, obviously),

    I’ve begun to mostly ignore the national media. According to them Manning has been holding the Broncos back. If he’s holding them back as one of only five undefeated teams, imagine if he wasn’t holding them back. They might be able to then beat someone like Green Bay. Oh wait…

    Please take a look at this link, it’s all the teams with their probability of playoffs (and you can break them out by conference and look at strength of schedule. The College site has their ranking based entirely off of strength of schedule, no name recognition there. But you’ll have to go to the home page and navigate.)

    They will update this site within an hour of tonight’s game.

    I hope ya’ll enjoy the site.

  11. By Kevin S Mesa on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    Georgiebird —

    Home team usually gets a 3 point advantage just for being home.

    Seattle is 24-3 at home the past 3 1/2 seasons going into our game with them, so their home field advantage is probably worth a couple more points than a typical team’s. However, they haven’t looked that good so far this year, so I would expect the fact that AZ has looked better to offset that, and for the line to open at 3 or 3 1/2 in favor of Seattle.

    I will be taking AZ and may take the money line rather than the spread since I think we have a good chance of winning outright.

  12. By Kevin S Mesa on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    Cardinals fans might do well to pay more attention to the betting lines, though. It might remind them that no team is expected to just waltz out there and win every game by double digits, especially on the road. Even against a bad Cleveland team, we were only favored by 4 1/2 points (the line might have moved to 5 by game time). Atlanta, at HOME against a bad Tampa Bay team, was favored by only 7. The Colts can’t beat anyone outside their division but are only 6.5 point underdogs, on the road, to an undefeated Panthers team.

    People come on here and act like we should have beaten the Browns by 20-plus without breaking a sweat. If only it were that easy.

  13. By jaime on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    The REAL Test is coming!!! Seattle then the Bangles, Its going to take every person and every play. Lets go Cards, its time to do it to it after this bye, come back stronger faster smarter and dominate your foes!!! BIG RED!!!

  14. By Scott H on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    Kevin –

    Yes, I am concerned about the Rams but it didn’t just start at this point or even recently. I have had concern for the Rams since the off-season. I saw them stepping into the void that was being created by the 49ers, so it was basically just feeling the same level of concern, just swapping one team for another.

    The NFC West remains a division 3-deep with contenders. The additions of Gurley and a solid QB in Foles have allowed them to get out of their own way and to start winning the games they would typically lose in recent years. The defense was already there. They could still use a stud WR, but….even without one, they are still dangerous.

    We really could have used that win against them in our house because going there is gonna be very difficult. Going after Foles the way we have been sending the blitz in our games so far is going to be risky business. If we’re sending guys one way on a blitz and Gurley is going the other way….well, we already saw this.

    Right now, we gotta take care of Seattle. THIS game is huge. Pretty simple – we either open up a 3-game gap between us and them or we let them right back in the race with a win against us and only ONE game back. We already know that if you open the gate for Seattle, they will turn it into toothpicks as they smash their way through it.

  15. By clssylssy on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    I quite agree with you about the Rams, and feel winning against them in St.Louis will be more difficult that winning against the Seahawks. However, I think the Bengals and the Vikings will be tough unless we elevate our level of play and start playing up to our opponents (which we are fully capable of), but, I would NEVER underestimate the Seahawks because of their gritty toughness (although we have more talent).
    I see such a difference in our mentality this year from last, and can’t help but feel we have started “coasting” through games we thought we could “relax” for. Whereas, last year it was “Superbowl or nothing” and “don’t let another team dress in our lockerroom”…there was more a sense of being in a quest for greatness.
    I watch every game, every week, and always mentally ask myself how the Cards would stack up so, probably sound critical. Every QB throws interceptions, every player has the occasional fumble, but, what separates the Contenders from the rest is their ability to recover from these mistakes and persevere to win. Our comeback this week was a step in the right direction! With the amount of talent we have we can’t afford to be apathetic because the Rams are hungry and the Seahawks clearly believe they will be in the SB! Some teams, like the Seahawks come on strongest in the home stretch after the bye (and they play us after their bye).
    Dynosar, Georgiebird, and others…if you watch the games, who cares what the media has to say, they are talking heads, pundits; the proof is before you in the play! We have probably the most completely balanced team in the NFC (except for Special Teams) but our execution of basic skills such as tackling, protecting the ball need improvement.

  16. By Peterincanada on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply


    I think the spread is only set to encourage an equal amount of money coming down on each team and is set by bookmakers not the national media. Teams with large fan bases will always have higher point spreads.

  17. By louis Callegari on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    love knows cards.

  18. By DTL on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    Vernon Davis a Bronco, died and went to Heaven.

  19. By clssylssy on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    I see that Denver just got Vernon Davis from the 9ers for a 5th round pick(s)…so much for “slipping with age”, “not to sure how much he has left”… Looks like the Broncos are beefing up, after last night, for another run at the SB before Peyton retires!

  20. By Darren Urban on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    Clssy —

    RE: Davis

    He hasn’t played one snap there. How would you know what he has left?

  21. By Scott H on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    georgiebird –

    The betting lines on a game have little to do with respect. As someone else pointed out, they are designed to encourage people to bet on the game to an extent that Vegas or whoever is setting the line makes as much money as possible. It’s about gambling. It’s not anything but that.

    As much as I tend to be annoyed by them, I would say look to power rankings if you want to get a feel for the level of “national respect” there is for the Cards or any team for that matter. For better or worse, that tells you more about how your team is being perceived by others, nationally, whatever.

  22. By Scott H on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    Speaking of the Broncos….man, to see another team hold Rodgers and that offense to less than 100 yards passing for 4 quarters was absolutely incredible. THAT defense is for real! They put a hit on Rodgers early in that game that you could tell rung his bell and after that, he looked like he wanted no part of the Broncos for the rest of the night. You NEVER see that from Rodgers.

    Maybe the next time Wade Phillips is available…..he’ll never be a head coach again, but he has got to be one of THE best DC’s of the last 20 years or so. I wanted him here SOOOOO bad the last time he was available.

  23. By All day on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    Do you think Arizona would have any interest in Barkevious Mingo? He’s not great but he can rush the passer and we could get him cheap.

  24. By Darren Urban on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    All day —

    RE: Mingo

    Guess it’d depend. But is he better than Golden or Okafor? Because if not, why?

  25. By Scott H on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    In regard to national respect, I’d say that the Cards-Bengals game being flexed to the Sunday Night prime time spot is a pretty good dose! Forget point spreads, I’ll take seeing my team on TV any day over anything related to that.

    Being moved to a prime time national TV game is BIG-TIME respect. That is a network saying they want YOU on Football Night in America because YOU are a team people want to see more than whatever teams were originally scheduled.

    Really, that is about as big a show of respect as you can get. And I kinda like that the Cardinals are being shoved up Cris Collinsworth’s nose that night. I hope we beat his Bengals. Because I have never, and WILL NEVER, forgive him for his comment that the Cardinals in 2008 were the worst team in the history of the playoffs. Yeah, good call, Cris. What an idiot….

  26. By Richard S on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    Arizona leap frogged G Bay in rankings, but Denver leap frogged Az. So Cards stay at #3 in the system rankings.
    RANK TEAM* RATING Win margin on neutral field Homefield 3 point advantage Won by
    1 NE(5) 102.88 18.01 21.01
    2 DENVER(4) 98.43 6.61 3.61
    3 ARIZ.(13) 97.46
    4 CINCY(14) 97.14 13.44 16.44
    5 GBAY(1) 97.08 3.18 0.18
    6 SEATTLE(2) 96.39
    7 PHIL(7) 95.31 4.02 1.02
    8 KC(10) 94.54
    9 PITT(9) 94.2 7.48 10.48
    10 CAROLINA(17) 93.9 -3.18 -0.18
    11 INDY(3) 91.82 -6.61 -3.61
    12 DALLAS(6) 91.29 -4.02 -1.02
    13 NO(12) 91.1 9.59 12.59
    14 RAMS(22) 90.77 0.56 -2.44
    15 BALT(8) 90.67
    16 JETS(24) 90.51 8.5 11.5
    17 GIANTS(19) 90.26 6.5 3.5
    18 MINN(23) 90.21 -0.56 2.44
    19 BUFF(15) 90.13 0.01 3.01
    20 MIA(11) 90.12 -0.01 -3.01
    21 ATL(21) 90.01 7.52 4.52
    22 HOUSTON(16) 87.19
    23 OAK(32) 86.72 -7.48 -10.48
    24 SD(20) 86.65 2.73 5.73
    25 WASH(28) 84.87 -18.01 -21.01
    26 CHICAGO(26) 83.92 -2.73 -5.73
    27 TAMPA(29) 83.76 -6.5 -3.5
    28 CLEVELAND(27) 83.7 -13.44 -16.44
    29 DETROIT(18) 82.83
    30 SANFRAN(25) 82.49 -7.52 -4.52
    31 JAX(30) 82.01 -8.5 -11.5
    32 TENNESEE(31) 81.51 -9.59 -12.59
    Week 9 byes Ariz, Balt, Det, Hou, Kc, Seattle
    11/14 correct picks in week 8. Only got Atl Tampa, Pitt Cincy, and Jets Oak wrong Week 9 has 13 games
    After week 8, 82/119 correct picked winners 68.91%
    Initial ESPN power rank in parenthesis after team name.
    Wow I’ve got the Rams losing to Minn next week. That would be nice as they are perfect in the NFC West (3-0), while Az is 1-1 with a game left with Seattle.

  27. By liquidchaoss on Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

    One issue I do see is this team has way too many weapons on offense. A lot of “mouths” to feed. You got Fitz, Floyd, Brown, Gresham, CJ and Ellington. And thats just your first wave of weapons. You still have DJ, Nelson and Jaron Brown. These guys all have big play ability. Then waiting in the shadows you got Nikolas who caught 2 TD passes this past game. He is getting healthy and starting to be a target for Palmer and just think if Momah was still healthy. That guy is going to be a monster TE for this team when healthy.

  28. By Marcelof on Nov 3, 2015 | Reply

    Kevin S Mesa –

    Hey dude, The only thing that calm me down about St. Louis is that the cannot do much on the offense as well as they do on defense… this disparity is enough for me to stil be scared by the seahawks, they can do too many things and sometimes being unpredictable tears you apart.

  29. By clssylssy on Nov 3, 2015 | Reply

    Darrin & others…
    Obviously, all I know about Vernon Davis is what I’ve seen and opinions vary, I suppose; he has always been one of my favorites. However, I think John Elway IS in a pretty good position to evaluate, knows more about getting to Championships than most, and wouldn’t give up draft picks on a player who’s spent and unable to produce for the team. From what I’ve read, others like Brandon Marshall, feel he’s a difference maker and still has enough left to be the Broncos “missing link” to a Championship. Guess we’ll see and can be relieved we don’t have to face him again in the regular season, as it would appear the 9ers have decided to scuttle the ship and tank their season for better draft position!
    All-in-all, I would rather have Chris Johnson, who has finally given us the ground game we’ve never had (the Edge never seemed that explosive, and like Ellington was dinged up a lot)…just hope Keim finds a way to pay the man and keep him around!

  30. By tyrelle dunn on Nov 3, 2015 | Reply

    Tamba Hali?

  31. By D on Nov 3, 2015 | Reply

    I wish Whiz could have stayed in SD, I think he could have made Rivers a SB winning QB. I know the $ for a HC job is hard to say no to. I am assuming he’ll now have to go the D. McGinnis route of asst coaching the rest of his NFL days..

  32. By TucsonTim on Nov 3, 2015 | Reply

    So I’m on the way to work listening to NPR this morning and the story line is about a St Louis school that without warning has sent a letter to all of its parents NOT TO PANIC about an underground fire below some radioactive waste that’s close to school!

    I get pretty uneasy when someone without warning offers “NO REASON TO PANIC”

    Odd, very odd.

  33. By JohnnyBluenose on Nov 3, 2015 | Reply

    @clssylssy….Darrin? you really don’t know how to spell his name? after all these years? c’mon man!!

  34. By Jasiel on Nov 3, 2015 | Reply

    Hey Darren is it possible to get the list of players who are on their last year of their contracts? I think you posted this earlier this season. Thank you.

  35. By Darren Urban on Nov 3, 2015 | Reply

    Jasiel —

    RE: Contracts

    I will have a blog post in the next couple of days.

  36. By Richard L on Nov 3, 2015 | Reply

    Keim always talks about how hard it is to find a pass rusher yet he wastes first round picks and tries to draft pass rushers in the 4th and 5th rounds. Draft like you talk

  37. By William Barry on Nov 4, 2015 | Reply

    I did read this past summer, that SI magazine had the Cards at 5-11.

    It now looks like we will be more like, 11-5, or better this year.

    Offensive weapons are impressive.

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