Cardinals extend contracts of coach and general manager

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The Cardinals did not release financial terms for Whisenhunt's contract but The Arizona Republic reported on its website ( that the deal would earn the coach an average of between $5.5 million and $6 million per year.

The newspaper said the Cardinals replaced Whisenhunt's most recent contract, which had two years remaining, with a four-year deal with an option for a fifth season.

Whisenhunt becomes the first Cardinals coach to receive a contract extension since the team moved to Arizona in 1988, the Cardinals said on their website (

Graves has been the Cardinals' general manager since 2007. He also signed a four-year deal.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Clare Fallon)