Biggs: Whisenhunt, Graves get extensions

INDIANAPOLIS—An extension that had been in the works for some time for Arizona Cardinals Ken Whisenhunt came through.

The franchise, which has simply rolled through head coaches since moving to the desert more than two decades ago, never extending one of them, came through for the first coach in club history to lead the team to the Super Bowl. Whisenhunt was rewarded with an extension through 2013. The contract includes a team option for 2014.

Whisenhunt wasn’t the only individual rewarded. General manager Rod Graves was also presented with an extension that also runs through 2013.

“The outstanding work of these two individuals has been a vital part of the organization’s accomplishments,” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said in a statement released by the team. “Rod and his staff have done an exceptional job in evaluating talent and building a roster that will produce sustained success. Obviously Ken Whisenhunt’s achievements as a head coach speak for themselves.

“What the team has accomplished in his three seasons as head coach is a testament to the talent and hard work of Ken and his assistant coaches. We couldn’t be more excited that both Rod and Ken will continue to lead the team for the foreseeable future and build upon the foundation that they helped to establish.”

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