The Pittsburgh Steelers are close to completing a trade for Arizona Cardinals LT Levi Brown, first reported by Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports. The move is being made for Brown to replace the struggling Mike Adams but like Adams, Brown’s play has also been very poor this season. However, unlike Adams, Brown has a big contract.
Brown, 29, a former first round pick, is in the second year of a five year, $30 million contract he signed in 2012. He’s making $4.75 million this season and the interesting thing with Brown is that he’s due $6 million in 2014 and $5 million in 2015, 2014. The Steelers are a team in cap hell against next season so on the surface this is a surprising move from a financial standpoint and looks like a panic move.
Brown had an awful preseason and then gave up three sacks to Rams DE Robert Quinn in the season opener and there’s been calls in Arizona to replace him since.
Pro Football Focus says Mike Adams is the 68th ranked tackle this season. Brown not much better at No. 60.