Steve Keim in negotiations with Arizona Cardinals

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Updated: Jan. 8, 2013 at 10:28 a.m.

The Arizona Cardinals are sticking close to home in an attempt to rebuild their front office.

Citing two sources apprised of the situation,'s Albert Breer reported Tuesday that Cardinals vice president of player personnel Steve Keim has entered into negotiations to become the team's next general manager.

Team president Michael Bidwill had Keim on his radar after firing GM Rod Graves earlier this month. Keim -- in his 14th season with the team -- spent years with the Cardinals as a regional scout and more recently helped Graves negotiate contracts. His biggest challenge in Arizona would amount to fixing the team's quarterback position and shaky offensive line, which sabotaged the team in 2012.

Arizona's failed attempt to lure Andy Reid to the desert likely worked in Keim's favor. Reid, named as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, was expected to bring his own people in to pick players if he took the job.

Keim was thought to be in play for a GM role with the Jaguars after interviewing with Jacksonville owner Shad Khan last week. The San Diego Chargers also had Keim on their list of candidates, but the Cardinals appear intent on keeping him in-house.