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Thread: Steelers Trade for Levi Brown

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    http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4185/levi-brown
    The Cardinals have agreed to terms on a trade that will send LT Levi Brown to the Steelers.
    The compensation will be one or more late-round draft picks. An overrated talent that was consistently short on performance, Brown finally exits the desert seven years after the Cardinals took him fifth overall. He started 79 games, failing to ever become an even moderately effective player. So far this season, Brown has graded out 60th among 72 of PFF's qualifying tackles. That said, he's a slight upgrade on current Pittsburgh LT Mike Adams -- especially in the run game. The 0-4 Steelers can get away from Brown after this season as his guaranteed money will be up, but they're grasping at air here. Beat writer Ed Bouchette calls the trade a "panic move."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    I believe we traded our pick to move up to get Shamarko not Landry
    Correct. The FO traded next year's 3rd to the Browns for their 4th this year, and used it to select Shamarko. Jones was taken with the Steelers 4th rounder.

    Part of the rationale for trading away the third was an expected comp pick for Wallace.

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    Why not wait to see what happens before judging the trade.
    Something had to be done and they did it.
    At least they're acknowledging that somethings wrong.
    Man are you people ever FN satisfied?
    Adams was garbage this year.
    Adams will be a backup
    Hopefully he develops with time, i doubt they cut him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittpete View Post
    Why not wait to see what happens before judging the trade.
    Something had to be done and they did it.
    At least they're acknowledging that somethings wrong.
    Man are you people ever FN satisfied?
    Adams was garbage this year.
    Adams will be a backup
    Hopefully he develops with time, i doubt they cut him.
    What are you talking about pete? Nobody is against the trade?

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    Slight upside is better than what we've seen with Adams at left tackle.
    Round 1, Pick 15 (15)- Ryan Shazier, ILB; Ohio State
    Round 2, Pick 14 (46)- Stephon Tuitt, DE; Notre Dame
    Round 3b, Pick 33 (97)- Dri Archer, RB; Kent State
    Round 4, Pick 18 (118 )- Martavis Bryant, WR; Clemson
    Round 5, Pick 17 (157)- Shaquille Richardson, CB; Arizona
    Round 5b, Pick 33 (173)- Wesley Johnson, OT; Vanderbilt
    Round 6, Pick 16 (192)- Jordan Zumwalt, OLB; UCLA
    Round 6b, Pick 39 (215)- Daniel McCullers, DT; Tennessee
    Round 7, Pick 15 (230)- Rob Branchflower, TE; Massachusetts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoe View Post
    What are you talking about pete? Nobody is against the trade?
    Perhaps he was referring to the Bouchette "panic move" quote.

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    Looking at OL on the roster and their 2014 cap hit:

    Brown (LT) $6M
    Foster (LG) $2.05M
    Pouncey (C) $4.639M
    Decastro (RG) $2.131M
    Adams (?) $966K
    Gilbert (?) $1.026M
    Beachum (everywhere) $581K

    To release any of these players, the cost would be:

    Brown $0 since only a player's salary comes to the new team and the SB is absorbed by the old team
    Foster $600K, 2/3 of his $900K SB so a savings of $1.4M
    Pouncey forget about it, the guy has been restructured so many times that the savings is only around $1.2M on his $4.6M cap hit
    Decastro also forget. It would cost over $2M to get out of his contract
    Adams and Gilbert don't have enough of a hit to get away from for the cost. You only get them away if you want the roster spot, not to save money.
    Beachum makes no money so not much to save

    So IMO there are only two guys we consider getting rid of for cap savings purposes next year. If we can confidently move one of Beachum, Gilbert, or Adams into the spot then it might be worth the savings to release Foster. It would show a small miscalculation from the talent evaluators, but not horrible.

    If we cut Brown after 3/4 of a season then it would show us that our FO is leaps and bounds behind the Ravens. Both teams bring in a LT via trade. Baltimore moves first and gets the better player for (probably) a higher price - a 4th and a 5th. They only have him tied up for one year at the cost of 3/4 of $3.8M. The Steelers then react by taking a lesser player at (again, probably) less of a cost in terms of picks. However, the salary and cap hit are higher at 3/4 of $4.75M, but with the option to keep him under contract for three more years. If they do not exercise the option to keep him around after this year then they are paying more money to acquire a lesser player.

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    Hopefully the he agreed to restructure his contract to join the Steelers. But...........probably not.
    Even if Bill Belichick was getting an atomic wedgie, his face would look exactly the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rara View Post
    Slight upside is better than what we've seen with Adams at left tackle.
    An orange construction barrel wearing a steelers jersey is an upgrade over Adams (that pains me to say too...since he is from my alma mater).
    http://i371.photobucket.com/albums/oo156/shiek2134/SHIEK.jpg?t=1299014285

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    Looks like a desperate, reactionary move by the Steelers...the Ravens make a move, so the Steelers, behind the curve, react by making a move...but is Levi Brown really that much better of an option than Max Starks would have been? And Starks would have come a lot cheaper.

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