On Wednesday, the Cardinals' front office did to Levi Brown what he helped do to Cardinals quarterbacks –
they sacked him.
Specifically, the Big Red traded their big left tackle, the fifth player taken overall in the 2007 draft, to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a conditional draft pick.
In the NFL, this would be known as the "addition by subtraction" game plan. In fact, let us count the ways…
Financially, the Cardinals are expected to save in the neighborhood of one million dollars this season.
In addition, the Cardinals get something for nothing. If Levi Brown was not getting the job done on Sundays and was not going to be back in 2014 – then why not get something in return? Remember, GM Steve Keim has had ample success pulling players out of the lower rounds of the draft (the latest example - 6th round running back Andre Ellington). Also, if not traded, sources report that the Cardinals were prepared to release Levi Brown outright.
And, in the locker room, the Cardinals just got the undivided attention of the entire roster. So, for example, when Bruce Arians and the coaching staff harps on continuing mental errors, there might now be a little more urgency in the meeting rooms.
At the same time, Paulie Pigskin would like to commend Levi Brown. That's right. Even though Levi had issues standing up to opposing pass rushers, he never hesitated to stand up to the microphones and face the media questions that doubled as criticism.
The Cardinals figure to replace Levi Brown with Bradley Sowell, claimed off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 1. Last season, Sowell played in 10 games for Indianapolis as an undrafted rookie for interim head coach Bruce Arians.
In Pittsburgh, Brown is reunited with his former AZ offensive coordinator Todd Haley. No question, Haley is looking for answers when it comes to a Steelers offensive line that has allowed 15 sacks through four games. (Only Miami, Jacksonville and Cleveland gave up more during September.)
Finally, the trade of Levi Brown means he will reportedly count for a $4.2 million cap hit for the Cardinals in 2014.