Cardinals hire Titans’ Monti Ossenfort as new general manager

The Arizona Cardinals tapped Monti Ossenfort as their new general manager on Monday.

Ossenfort was the Tennessee Titans’ director of player personnel for the past three seasons. Before that, he worked in scouting for the New England Patriots for 15 seasons and the Houston Texans for two.

Arizona had a vacancy after longtime GM Steve Keim stepped down last week. Keim had signed a contract extension last spring but needed to take time away from the team in December due to health concerns.

The Cardinals also fired coach Kliff Kingsbury this month, and Ossenfort’s first task will be to work with owner Michael Bidwill on hiring his replacement.

“It was critically important for us to find the right person to lead us as General Manager and there is no doubt in my mind that we have that in Monti Ossenfort,” Bidwill said in a statement. “He possesses every attribute of a successful GM — passion, leadership, intelligence, work ethic — and his extensive experience has clearly prepared him for this role. We could not be more thrilled to have Monti and his family joining the Cardinals.”

Ossenfort also interviewed for the Titans’ own GM vacancy, created when they fired Jon Robinson in December.

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