Cardinals trade Levi Brown to Steelers for draft pick
OCT 02, 2013 8:47a ET
The Steelers announced Thursday afternoon that they had traded a conditional pick to the Cardinals for Brown, Arizona's starting left tackle. The deal was conditional on Brown passing his physical.
Both Cardinals GM Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians addressed the move Wednesday afternoon.
It's odd timing that the Cards would trade Brown in the same week in which Keim said on his radio show that Brown played his best game of the season. It also calls into question why Arians repeatedly called Brown "elite" during OTAs, minicamp and training camp, despite obvious evidence to the contrary.
The Cardinals selected Brown with the fifth pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. At times he played some good ball, even being named a Pro Bowl alternate in 2009. But he never lived up to the hype or the promise of his draft status, whether he was playing the right side or the left. He was also constantly reminded that he had been drafted ahead of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Brown was due to collect $6 million in salary next season ($7.65 million cap hit) and is still due $3.6 million this season.
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