Cardinals Hire Titans’ Monti Ossenfort as Their Next GM

The Arizona Cardinals hired Monti Ossenfort as the team’s new general manager.

The franchise announced the hiring of Ossenfort on Monday, a week after owner Michael Bidwill announced that head coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim would not return after a rewarding 4-13 season. scared.

Ossenfort, 44, has spent the past three seasons as director of player personnel for Tennessee Giants. Before that, he spent 15 seasons with New England Patriots, which helped the franchise win four Super Bowls. In 21 seasons, his teams have reached the knockout stages 16 times.

“It’s extremely important for us to find the right person to lead us as general manager and I’m sure we have that at Monti Ossenfort,” Bidwill said in a statement. “He possesses all the qualities of a successful GM – passion, leadership, intelligence, work ethic – and his vast experience has clearly prepared him for the role. We couldn’t be more delighted to have Monti and his family join the Cardinals.”

Bidwill has decided to leave the organization to replace Keim, who has been with the team since 1999 and has been the team’s general manager since 2013. Keim, 50, took a medical leave near the end of the season. before , although the team never explained why.

Last week, Bidwill said he had interviewed two internal candidates — Adrian Wilson and Quentin Harris — for the GM position.

Ossenfort will be in charge of building a winning team around the midfield Kyler Murraywho signed a $230.5 million deal last season that could keep him going in the franchise through 2028. Murray missed the final month of the season after tearing the ACL at the top right knee and may also miss the beginning of next season.

The Cardinals also have a 3rd overall pick in the upcoming draft.

Now, the Cardinals move in to replace Kingsbury, who had a 28-37-1 record during his four-year term. Bidwill said he wants to hire a general manager before finding a coach.

Ossenfort is expected to be introduced on Tuesday at the team’s facility.

Associated Press report.

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