Cardinals’ G.M. says Levi Brown was not living up to expectations

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Why did the Cardinals trade Levi Brown, a former No. 5 overall pick, for a conditional late-round pick? Because Brown isn’t playing like a No. 5 overall pick.

That’s the word from Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim, who said after the trade of Brown to Pittsburgh was finalized that the Cardinals simply weren’t getting any production out of Brown.

“Levi Brown was not living up to expectations on the field,” Keim said, via Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ website.

Brown has started all four games at left tackle for the Cardinals this season and has started a total of 79 games in his career, but Keim said the Cardinals have long known it was time to move on and have been discussing a trade all season.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians added that he doesn’t think Brown is as good now as he was before suffering a torn triceps in 2012, which caused him to miss the entire season. Arians said there’s no risk in trading Brown away from this point because the Cardinals couldn’t get any worse in pass protection than they have been in the first four games.

That’s harsh, but it’s not unfair: Brown was not playing well in Arizona. And Steelers fans shouldn’t get their hopes up that he can play well in Pittsburgh.

21 responses to “Cardinals’ G.M. says Levi Brown was not living up to expectations

  1. Keim is not tied to Levi & many of the players on this roster. So it comes as no surprise that Keim was willing to do what Graves wasn’t, admit the truth & move on.

    I am happy that Keim got something for a guy that was close to being cut.

  2. Keim is going to be in the same class as Ozzie Newome over in Baltimore soon. He can evaluate talent well and is not scared to make a move that benefits the team. I met him on the sideline of the Saints game. Was really impressed with him that day after talking to him. Wasn’t impressed with Brown’s lookout blocks tho…

  3. Not living up to expectations? Really Steve Keim, really? Let’s ask Kevin Kolb and his ribs about just how much he didn’t live up to expectations.

  4. Sorry Steeler fans, I think your crappy week just got crappier and there is resounding laughter coming from Arizona. Steelers FO must really be desperate to have to scrape the bottom of the barrel like this.

  5. I guess they decided it was better to trade for Brown than to resign Starks AGAIN . Connection with Haley was the difference . Cant be worse than what is going on right now .

  6. Maybe they can put Adams at RT and Brown at LT and watch Ben get sandwhiched all game. I think Ben has had all he can tolerate of this nonsense and wants of of Pittsburgh or football all together. It’s a shame he has to play his last and what should have been his best seasons of his career this way. Bad move letting Bruce Arians go and even more bad moves with O-line selections.

  7. Sometimes, not often, but sometimes a little change in scenery is all that it takes to restart someones career. I’m a Penn Stater and recall Brown from then and he was a beast… if he can get it back this may well be the trade of the century… if not, well we lose a draft pick (ouch) cause we’ll be given up good ones since we will finish so low.

  8. I agree, sometimes a change of scenery can help. He may (should) come in with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Adams may also wake up, who knows. Brown can’t possibly be worse than Adams since I didn’t see Adams make a block worth a darn against the Vikes. I will be anxious to watch what happens, and how the entire team responds. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to go up. Question is, is this rock bottom? Nonetheless, I will be watching and supporting.

  9. I just listened to John Clayton talking to the Wolfman (Arizona’s wolfman Ron Wolfley) and Clayton said Haley wants to run rather than pass.

    So with a QB as elusive as Roethlisberger this make sense because as bad as Turnstyle was as a pass blocker for Carson Palmer he will be a great run blocker for Le’Veon Bell.

  10. If Brown doesn’t work out as a LT, they can always try moving him to LG. He might make a great guard going forward.

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