On Tuesday, Steelers 101 looked at how different 2013 is for the Pittsburgh Steelers and proof of that continues to grow. In this upside-down age, the Pittsburgh Pirates won their Wildcard match-up against the Cincinnati Reds and now wove to the NLDS, and the Steelers made a second trade for a player, something that is definitely not a common practice for the franchise.Arizona Cardinals for veteran left tackle Levi Brown in exchange for a late-round conditional draft choice.
Brown must pass his physical for the deal to be completed, as the two parties have renegotiated his deal prior to the trade. In the new deal, Brown will make the veteran minimum for the rest of 2013 meaning that unless he fails the physical, the deal will be done. The million-dollar question is will he be an upgrade to Mike Adams on the left side of the offensive line?
The former first round selection out of Penn State (fifth overall) has been an inconsistent pass blocker throughout his career, could possibly be a veteran version of Adams. However, he does excel in the run game, and does have NFL experience working in his favor.
In 2013, Brown fell out of favor with new head coach Bruce Arians after allowing three sacks in the season opener, and never regained traction. In a related move to make room on the roster, the Steelers have released cornerback Isaiah Green and will likely look to re-sign him to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
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