Monday was a historic day for the Arizona Cardinals.
The team secured a verbal deal with the Houston Texans that sends All Pro WR DeAndre Hopkins to the desert in exchange for RB David Johnson and a mere second round pick.
Houston and Arizona also exchanged a set of fourth rounders.
The trade sent shockwaves throughout not only the NFL but the battered sports world currently dealing with the continuing effects of the corona virus outbreak.
On a day in which the NFL opted to continue with business as usual, Cardinal General Manager Steve Keim also made a choice.
It’s time to get back to winning.
Over the past three seasons, Keim has been a polarizing figure with the Cardinals. The former 2x Pro Football Talk GM of the Year (back-to-back) saw his sparkling record with head coach Bruce Arians (49-30) dwindle into obsucrity.
Keim saw his professional and personal image crumble much in part due to a slew of draft and free agent busts combined with a July 4th extreme DUI arrest.
His decision making had become so erratic and head scratching that the majority of the fans and media alike encouraged Cardinal Team President Michael Bidwill to make a change.
But much to our disappointment, Michael Bidwill didn’t fire his buddy. Rather than make a change, Bidwill opted to give Keim another crack at finding the team’s next head coach following Steve Wilks’ disastrous 3-13 season.
Keim chose Kliff Kingsbury, who went on to rebuild a historically poor Cardinal offense into respectability.
Michael Bidwill then let Keim remedy his 2018 draft error in QB Josh Rosen and take yet another top 10 signal caller in 2019.
Keim chose Kyler Murray, who went on to secure NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
Michael Bidwill allowed Keim to turn the Cardinals into buyers at the 2019 mid season trading deadline, even though their record didn’t support it.
Keim chose Kenyan Drake, who rushed for 643 yards (5.2 yards per attempt) and scored eight touchdowns in a mere eight games with the team.
And now here we sit, one day into the NFL new league year and Steve Keim is still in control, suddenly playing with house money.
Suddenly DeAndre Hopkins is an Arizona Cardinal.
And suddenly the Arizona Cardinals are back, and perhaps so too is Steve Keim.