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Various sources are reporting that the Steelers have acquired LT Levi Brown form the Arizona Cardinals pending a physical. The Steelers are desperate for help along the offensive line. Mike Adams has been awful in his first four career starts at the position and got abused by Jared Allen of the Vikings this past week.
Brown was a first round pick in 2007, 5th overall out of Penn St. He played two years under Todd Haley at Arizona and played well at the end of 2011, but has graded out very poorly, according to Pro Football Focus, so far this year. While Mike Adams was the 68th ranked tackle according to PFF, Levi Brown wasn't much better coming in at number 60. Brown signed a 5-year deal, $30 million deal in 2012 with a $7 million signing bonus and $8 million guaranteed. He counted $6.4 million against the cap this year for Arizona. With the trade the Cards will trigger all the signing bonus money to their cap this season. The Steelers will have to absorb 13/17ths of the $4.75 million base salary which is 3.632 million. That would put them over the cap, so we'll have to see the details of the deal. He is due to make $6 milllion next year and $5 million in 2015 and 2016, but the Steelers could cut him after this season with no further costs.
While the Steelers like Kelvin Beachum and he could probably play LT if needed for a week or two he is not a long-term answer and with Marcus Gilbert playing better the last two weeks they were most-likely reluctant to move him to LT.