Pending a physical today, Arizona Cardinals’ offensive tackle Levi Brown will be traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers today for a late round draft pick.
This trade comes on the heels of division rival Baltimore making a deal for Eugene Monroe the day before.
From our view at SCB, we find this move to be sending a series of mixed messages.
According to Pro Football Focus, Brown was rated just a couple of spots ahead of Mike Adams who he will be more than likely replacing. Brown did however; rate significantly higher in the running game.
PFF is not the be all and end all of player evaluation in my mind, but they provide important talking points.
So why are the Steelers making this move? The way I see it is that they realize Adams and perhaps Marcus Gilbert too have not reached the level expected of them. A no-brainer I know, but the front office must feel change is well overdue.
This move will also look good to average fans that will see this run across the ESPN BottomLine and will think “Well at least we’re doing something to get better.” My reaction to that would be “are we really getting better?”
The bigger issue I have is in terms of contract. Brown is slated to make $6 million this year and is signed through 2017. Although I have not been in favor of bringing in Max Starks, he could come in for the veteran minimum and would be much less harmful on the salary cap.
With Brown coming in, this is going to take a Steelers’ cap that is already tight and make it even tighter. This makes no sense to me in this regard. This team is going to be in major rebuilding mode and doesn’t need to be maxed out any further.
We’ll let the play of Brown dictate whether this deal was worth it but on the surface, I’m not crazy about it.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 630pm ET talking Steelers.