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Steelers Will Not Give Cardinals Draft Pick For Levi Brown


 

Even though Levi Brown was lost for the year due to a triceps injury, Pittsburgh’s brass will not have to surrender a draft pick to the Arizona Cardinals according to Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic:

 

 

According to Somers, the Steelers would have only had to surrender a conditional draft pick for Brown is he had stayed on their active roster for five weeks. Due to the fact that offensive tackle was hurt before this Sunday’s game against the Jets, Pittsburgh had to place him on injured reserve and end his 2013 season.

In essence, the Steelers’ front office spent just under $1 million for a rent-a-tackle who failed to even play for them. Then again, I guess that I am not too upset when I consider that they might have had to give Arizona a valuable draft pick had Brown stayed healthy and played terribly in game-action anyway.

It will be interesting to see if the Steelers decide to keep Brown past this season, but I am not sure that it will happen. Investing even short-term in a soon-to-be 30 year old offensive tackle who has played in only a total of four games during the last two regular seasons is a huge gamble, even for an offensive line-starved team like Pittsburgh.

 

 

 

 

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  • Redd Mahoney

    Do you think it’s possible that Brown was damaged goods before the trade and that the Cardinals were complicit in this deal?

    • Dom DiTolla

      I’m sure they knew full well of his medical issues, but I guess that he was healthy enough to pass his physical so the trade could go through. Arizona and their fanbase rejoiced when he left since he was terrible as a blind-side protector.

      • Redd Mahoney

        Geez, if Brown was “terrible”, what does that make Adams? I guess seeing Brown play LT was nothing to look forward to.

        • Dom DiTolla

          Go back and watch Super Bowl XLIII and how badly Woodley tooled Brown at right tackle, and then imagine him protecting the blind-side’s of Arizona’s signal-callers for almost three years.

          The Cardinals’ coaching staff and fans were more than happy to see him and his large contract leave town. They probably figured receiving nothing in return was enough.