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first_imgArizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Just as the dust was settling on Super Bowl 50, in which the Denver Broncos knocked off the Carolina Panthers 24-10, ESPN released its admittedly too-early power rankings.And in those rankings, the Arizona Cardinals were slotted fourth behind the Seattle Seahawks (3), New England Patriots (2) and Carolina Panthers (1).Of course, even at the time the rankings came with the caveat that free agency and the draft could do a lot to change things. Along with those moves, Arizona also brought back tight end Jermaine Gresham and running back Chris Johnson, each of whom reportedly took less money in order to stay with the Cardinals.At the same time, the Cardinals have said goodbye to some players who were key last season, including right tackle Bobby Massie and safety Rashad Johnson.Though free agency is slowing down for the entire NFL now as the early waves have passed and focus begins to turn toward the draft, there’s no doubt Cardinals GM Steve Keim is not quite done adding talent to the roster.After all, some of the team’s best free agent finds have been brought into the fold rather late in the process, and it would not be a shock to see more of that this season.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The draft is still about a month away but free agency has already made an impact, and with that, ESPN released another set of rankings.In the post-free agency power rankings, the Cardinals moved up a spot to No. 3, trailing only the Panthers (2) and Patriots (1). The Seahawks are fourth while the Rams (27) and 49ers (30) round out the rest of the NFC West’s rankings.3. Arizona Cardinals2015 record: 13-3Voting results: 864 pointsPost-Super Bowl ranking: No. 4Stats & Information’s take: The trade for Chandler Jones will give the Cardinals a needed boost in the pass rush. Dwight Freeney led the team in sacks (8.0) last season and didn’t even play until Week 6.The addition of Jones, who tallied 12.5 sacks for the Patriots in a Pro Bowl season last year, should go a long way toward improving Arizona’s mostly mediocre pass rush. Acquiring him in exchange for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round pick was easily the team’s biggest move of the last few weeks, but not its only one.Prior to adding Jones, the Cardinals signed safety Tyvon Branch away from the Kansas City Chiefs, and within days of the trade signed guard Evan Mathis from the Super Bowl champion Broncos.last_img read more