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Cardinals extend contracts of coach and general manager

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves have agreed to new contracts until the 2013 season, the team said.

The Cardinals did not release financial terms for Whisenhunt's contract but The Arizona Republic reported on its website (www.azcentral.com) 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 (www.azcardinals.com).

In three seasons, Whisenhunt has compiled a 27-21 record, won two NFC West titles and made a Super Bowl appearance, losing to Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 game.

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)

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