Since taking the helm as Arizona's general manager in 2013, Steve Keim has assembled a front office that has caught the attention of his peers around the league.
Keim and the Cardinals have developed a reputation for their ability to scout talent and build out a thorough 53-man roster, so it should come as no surprise that two members of Arizona's scouting department were hired away from the team this week.
On Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills announced they hired former Cardinals' assistant director of pro scouting Malik Boyd as the team's Director of Pro Personnel under new general manager Brandon Beane. The Bills elected to revamp their front office following the conclusion of this year's NFL Draft, and the opportunity to serve as a Director of Pro Personnel represented a step up for Boyd who spent 12 seasons in the Cardinals' scouting department.
In the Bills' press release announcing Boyd's hire, Beane stated, "He (Boyd) was my number one choice. The first guy I targeted. I appreciate Steve Keim letting him come over and interview. It was very kind of him because he was under contract. Malik is talented. He won an award in 2014, the Fritz Pollard Scout of the Year. They don't just throw those out. He earned it. He's going to have a great influence on our pro staff. He has a high ceiling."
Boyd's decision to pursue the job in Buffalo followed the Tennessee Titans' hire of former Cardinals' area scout Mike Boni as an area scout on Tuesday. Boni spent nine seasons with the Cardinals and has 11 seasons of experience in the NFL under his belt.
The departures of Boyd and Boni leave the Cardinals with two vacancies in their scouting department, which will surely become highly sought after positions considering the success and reputation of Keim's front office.
Earlier this offseason, Cardinals' Vice President of Player Personnel Terry McDonough was linked to a handful of general manager openings including one with the San Francisco 49ers, but McDonough wound up staying put and reportedly signed a new contract to remain in Arizona.