Levi already done in Pittsburgh

Posted by Darren Urban on October 15, 2013 – 8:30 am

That didn’t take long.

Levi Brown, set to start Sunday in Pittsburgh in the Steelers’ first game since trading for the Cardinals’ left tackle, hurt his triceps in warmups (after, as it turned out, the team had put in the game’s inactives, leading them to be short for the day.) Today, the Steelers put Brown on injured reserve, ending his season before he ever took a snap for Pittsburgh. Given Levi’s contract, I’d expect at the very least for the Steelers to release him after the season. Could they bring him back? Maybe, but not under this deal. He is due $6 million in 2014.

What does this mean for the Cardinals? Well, we know there was a conditional pick involved coming from the Steelers. That usually means based on some sort of playing time — which I feel confident in saying Brown didn’t reach, since he never even played a down. The Cards also sent a pick back. Essentially, it means (and this is total speculation on what is involved, just trying to give an example) the Cards got, for instance, a sixth-round pick and gave the Steelers a seventh, and maybe the sixth could have become a fifth. Now, there will be no change, whatever the deal might have been. UPDATE: Kent Somers reports Brown had to be on Steelers’ active roster for five weeks to force draft pick compensation in the first place. Now that Brown won’t be, there will not be any swap of picks. In the end, the Cards basically cut Brown but saved about $600,000 that the Steelers ended up paying.

The Cards, based on what GM Steve Keim said at the time of the trade, sounded close to releasing Brown anyway. More importantly for the Cardinals, they moved on from the Levi Brown era, which was probably necessary.

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25 Responses to “Levi already done in Pittsburgh”

  1. By John The Draft Guy on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    “More importantly for the Cardinals, they moved on from the Levi Brown era, which was probably necessary”

    I agree. It was a needed move regardless of the compensation.

  2. By infitzwetrust on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    Talk about a free fall reaching terminal velocity.

    I would bet every Levi brown jersey purchased that he never starts at LT again in the NFL.

    And enjoy your pay this year Levi, it’s the last year your getting over paid.

  3. By John The Draft Guy on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply


    What is going on with Roberts?

    Is it an issue of him playing outside to allow Fitz to play more slot? Is it a situation that Palmer isnt comfortable with him?
    Is Roberts just not getting open? Or is it bigger than that and it is an Arians thing?

    Roberts use to be the guy going deep but Arians keeps looking for guys like Golden who have real speed. Is Roberts an odd man out?

    Just wondering your take

  4. By Darren Urban on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Roberts

    I think Andre wonders the same. He played such a big role in the opener. I do think having Housler back has changed things, but why, I’m not exactly sure. The passing game hasn’t been as good since that first game either.

  5. By Big Ken on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, Will the team get any compensation?

  6. By LadyBird04 on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    Sorry for the man getting injured but kind of good for him since his wife is due shortly to deliver twins in Phoenix. He gets paid, doesn’t have to be away from his wife now, etc. Very convenient for him.

    I’m glad we let him go and hope we can move on from the Levi Brown drama.

  7. By Rugbymuffin on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    Kinda funny Rob “Nine Lives” Housler’s name is in a Levi Brown topic since it should be like looking into the future for Rob “Hype Machine” Housler.

    …….the dude.

  8. By joe holst on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    The Draft pick is a 7th rounder in 2016.

  9. By David on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    Trade a 4th for j.byrd , make him bells replacement. We keep losing cause of TE’$

  10. By Barry Bond on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    I have just read on NFL site concerning the 49ers in their power ranking. San Francisco is 4-0 when scoring points off turn overs such as interceptions and or fumbles! When the 49ers do not get any opponents miscues the team is 0-2. What does that mean? The 49er offense needs help to win because the offense can not score enough points to WIN without the turn overs! Thanks Cardinals for the gift as is the case in their other 3 wins????

  11. By Big Ken on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah Big Rob might be next. I wonder why BA doesn’t line him up as a receiver or get creative some how? Housler in his dog house?

  12. By Frederico on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    So much for BA calling him elite. We all knew he wasn’t even close to that just like we all know Palmer stinks.

  13. By joe67 on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    I feel sorry for Levi. I thought most analyst picked him close to Joe Thomas that year. Just didn’t work out.

    Off topic but have to say……….58-0, NEVER FORGET, NEVER FORGET 4-5 Touchdown lead and still throwing bombs into the End Zone……..NEVER FORGET

  14. By georgiebird on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    The SF game shows the failure of Cards’ fans to properly analyze a football game. SF had the ball for 34 min &.19sec -that is 4:19 more than the 50% of the game which can be expected.
    The 9 min plus SF drive at the end of the 3rd period and thru more than 8 minutes of the 4th qtr was what caused the time of possession difference. Whose fault was it that the defense couldn’t get off the field-the defense, of course and with Campbell.
    Yes, the offense has been bad but the defense is getting props from the fans that are totally misdirected.
    SF was “made” a 10.5 point favorite-they won by 12- to me, no one should be applauded.

  15. By CreditCard on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    Levi Brown took beating from the Cardinals fan base, Phoenix media, and of course from defensive ends around the league. He did take criticism like a man. Two years in a row with a torn triceps — welcome to the Not For Long league. He is damaged goods, no team will look at him. Things didn’t work out — best of luck to Levi and his family. Probably would be a good college or NFL assistant coach.

  16. By ored on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    getting to be if BA thinks you’re elite or touts you,it is the kiss of death-he spoke highly of levi,housler,roberts,alfonso,williams,stanton,all either not playing or playing poorly,palmer yet to be determined and mendenhall just getting by.

    ellington needs to be featured more-walter payton,bush,tony dorset are just a few that were said to be too small,short,light,just did’nt have the body type for every down play,beanie was’nt too small and he never was a fulltime player.if you’re quick enough and know how to lessen the hits you don’t need to be a bruiser.

    each game the clock is ticking and housler is messing with roberts productivity,he’s had plenty of chances,both in whiz’s and BA’s offense,he just does’nt produce,big and fast,nothing more,get somebody else with speed that can get open and catch the ball.draft can’t get here too soon,TE,OLB,SAFETY,CB.we get coop back and the o-line has a year under their belt,should help run game and palmer also.nice QB class next year,get a young understudy,get him a TE to grow with,and some help to cover the deep ball and te’s,patrick can’t be everywhere at once.

  17. By Benny on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    Sad in a way, he went down last year leaving a gaping hole early on the OL and never got a full shot to show his worth this year ! Is this the same injury from last year or was it a bicep torn then ? If only he hadn’t got injured last year as he was solid. Fast decline in 12, even BA was praising him in the off season. One day you are a peacock and the next a feather duster in the NFL. Look at Skelton in 2011, he was hot with 4 comeback wins in 6 games, 2012 not and then SF signs him saying how great he is 2 weeks ago then they release him a week later for a guy who has never thrown a regular season pass ( doubt JS got more than 2 practices). Levi was the anchor of the line, Snyder who was released here now starts on the line in SF. Once injuries start that is where the decline and perception thins a players ability, the press and fans take a toll on a players worth.

  18. By georgiebird on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    On the Depth Chart-Special Teams:
    Would it be possible to list all 11 players on the Kick off teams- both offense and defense?

  19. By Darren Urban on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    Georgie —

    RE: Depth chart

    Not the way the computer system is set up. And that isn’t required from coaches to provide either.

  20. By Kevin S Mesa on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    Georgiebird —

    I know you maintained for much of last year that our D wasn’t as good as people were giving it credit for being, and it sounds like you are continuing in that assessment. And in some ways I agree with you. I think we are still overly susceptible to big plays. I think we do a lousy job on third and long, giving up way more first downs in those situations than an NFL team should give up (either by allowing a big play, or committing a penalty).

    That said, I think you are focusing on the wrong issues here. Time of possession? It doesn’t really tell the story of the game. You can’t look at one drive and say that’s what caused the time of possession differential… every team is going to have some clock-eating drives and some 3-and-outs. It is completely to be expected that SF would win the time of possession battle in this game based on the fact that we turned over the ball 4 times to their 2. Also, running the ball eats more clock… When you combine the turnovers with the fact that they are a running team (38 rushes to 29 pass attempts, compared to our 21 and 41), it’s to be expected that they’d have the advantage in possession. I’m actually surprised it wasn’t wider. That doesn’t mean our defense is suspect; it’s just a combination of the 49ers playing their game, and the fact that we had multiple drives cut short by turnovers.

    On the flip side, some fans, while effusive about our D, are not giving enough credit to our offense, acting like we’re the worst thing in the NFL this side of Jacksonville. As maligned as our offense is in the eyes of some fans, we actually outgained SF (a supposedly strong defensive team) in total yards as well as yards per play. To me the story line is simple… we outplayed the Niners, with both our offense (with the exception of the turnovers) and our defense playing pretty well. Nobody had put up 400 total yards against the Niners this year, until our offense did it — and it wasn’t just junk yardage in a game where we were way behind. Yes, they covered the generous spread, but anyone who watched that game knows it was much closer — we were driving to take the lead (whether by FG or TD) with just a minute to go in the 3rd when Fitz fumbled. A far cry from last year when we were dominated in 2 games against SF.

    Are we likely to challenge for the NFC West? I don’t think so. But we’re making progress — in my opinion, on both sides of the ball. Just gotta cut down the turnovers.

  21. By rod on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    Now I’m nervous that we could sign him for the vet minimum next year…please God no!!

  22. By steve on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    Levi figured out how to screw the Cardinals one last time! Good riddance big guy and thanks for nothing.

  23. By Cheese on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply


    With the money we saved this season cap-wise in the Levi deal, is there any word about using that money on Dansby to get him signed to a contract extension? Is there any word about using that cap space to get anyone signed to a contract extension?


  24. By Darren Urban on Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    Cheese —

    RE: Dansby

    Not yet, but there is a lot of season left to use for an extension. I’m not sure what they are thinking with Dansby. He will be 32 next month, and they just drafted Minter. It’ll be interesting to see.

  25. By georgiebird on Oct 16, 2013 | Reply

    @ Kevin S Mesa
    The point of my time of possession post is: many fans are complaining that the defense is on the field too much and begins to wear down. In the SF game, it was-in large part- the D’s fault it was on the field for 34min and 19 sec.
    Otherwise, I agree with your post. The O is basically ok. The O is just missing a play maker who can make a big play out of nothing- Ellington comes close.

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