The Steelers have not started 0-4 since Bill Austin was coach, and likely made a move that has decidedly been uncommon since Austin’s days on the sidelines: They made an in season trade for a player.
Apparently, the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coaches have seen enough. During the Steelers loss in London to the Vikings, Jared Allen almost literally ran circles around Mike Adams.
The Steelers had planned to rotate Adams with Kelvin Beachum, but Beachum’s services were needed at guard, and could be needed at any of the other 4 positions on the line.
- Hence, the Steelers dealt a conditional draft pick to Pittsburgh West, aka the Arizona Cardinals, for offensive tackle Levi Brown.
Brown was of course the man whom the Cardinals picked over Adrian Peterson in the 2007 draft, but has fallen woefully short of the expectations that came with his 5th overall pick status.
Nonetheless, he could and most certainly should represent an upgrade over Mike Adams, who has graded out as one of the worst tackles in the league (as if Steelers Nation needed statistical analysis to know that.)
Green Gone, Again
The good news about the move is that it is salary cap friendly. The Cardinals will pay the balance of his salary for the 2013 season, minus the veteran minimum. The move also signals that the Steelers really have decided to part ways with Max Starks. In the space of a month Starks has been cut by San Diego and St. Louis.
- That will leave the Steelers with some salary cap space to work with, should they need to make additional moves.
The loser in this deal is Isaiah Green, who just rejoined the active roster last week. Green made the final roster cut, only to be released before the season. Presumptively the Steelers will add him to the practice squad, but that move has not happened yet.
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