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2016 NFL free agency: Arizona Cardinals still in talks with Rashad Johnson, Jerraud Powers to hit open market

One starter on defense could return.

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals are seeking to improve the play in their defensive secondary. Head coach Bruce Arians has said he wants to add length and speed back there. With Rashad Johnson and Jerraud Powers, both starters last season, becoming unrestricted free agents, there could be some turnover.

But according to reporter Mike Jurecki, the team is still having dialogue with Johnson, who has played with the Cardinals for the past seven seasons. He was a third round pick originally and signed a three-year deal after his rookie contract expired. He Had five interceptions last season and has had nine in the past two. He had 59 tackles on the season, too.

Johnson will be looking for a decent contract. He has not made very much money in NFL terms. When he re-signed with the Cardinals the last time, he signed for three years and $3.6 million. He could command upwards of $6+ million per season, based on his production over the past two seasons.

While the Cardinals continue to talk to Johnson, who is 30 years old, it appears Powers will be playing elsewhere next season. Also according to Jurecki, Powers will test free agency. He was paid $10.5 million for the three season he played in Arizona. He is 28 years old.

Both Powers and Johnson were leaders on the field. They are very intelligent and Johnson even has the nickname "Saban" for his former coach in college Nick Saban, who is a brilliant defensive mind.