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Rams General Manager Search: Cardinal's Steve Keim Targeted; Baltimore's Eric DeCosta Staying Put

The search for the new St. Louis Rams General Manager continued Friday, as the Rams front office brass has asked permission to speak with Arizona Cardinals Director of Personnel, Steve Keim. According to Mike Jurecki, a talk show host and report for Phoenix's XTRA 910, Keim has been with the Cardinals for 13 years.

Here's what SB Nation Arizona has to say about Keim:

"Keim is widely regarded as one of the best in the business," says Scott Coleman, "and it is not surprising to see the Rams show interest. Formerly the Cardinals scout in the east, Keim was promoted to the title of Director, College Scouting in June, 2006 and was promoted again to his current title of Director, Player Personnel in May, 2008. In his current role, Keim coordinates the activities of both the college and pro scouting departments."

Meanwhile, a former GM target for the Rams, Baltimore Raven's play of personal director, Eric DeCosta has decided to stay put.

"Since this franchise started in 1996, we've established a strong history of retaining our most important executives, players, coaches and personnel experts," Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said in a statement.

"Eric, who has had opportunities to interview with other teams recently and over the years, is another one we want to keep and will keep. He has chosen to stay with the Ravens, and we're excited that he will. He is a most valuable asset and will continue to help us win championships."'s Peter King believes it was a smart move by DeCosta, who's expected to take over the operations of the Raven's once Newsome retires.

"The grass isn't always greener on the other side," said King.

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