Report: Steelers Conditional Selection Used To Aquire Levi Brown Not From 2014 Draft

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the conditional draft pick the Pittsburgh Steelers used to acquire tackle Levi Brown from the Arizona Cardinals in last week’s trade was not one of their 2014 selections.

While we still don’t know the conditions of the pick, it now appears as though it might be for either 2015 or 2016.

According to the official NFL transaction release, the Cardinals also included a conditional draft pick as part of the deal, so that figures to be in the same year the Steelers conditional pick would be.

The conditional part of the pick could be tied to games played by Brown or even snaps played, but we aren’t likely to know unless those conditions are met. The Cardinals paid a huge chunk of Brown’s 2013 salary in order to unload him, so the Steelers really have nothing at risk in acquiring the former first-round selection.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    You saw what I wrote on other post. I knew there was a catch. Also this probably mean Levi Brown is likely to be here to stay for a long-term, only question being is… do we see him as a long-term LT or LG?

  • SteelersDepot

    What post? Also, Brown is scheduled to earn a $6M base in 2014, so I HIGHLY doubt he is long-term.

  • PA2AK

    Agreed. This is a desperate move. The LT position is awful. Adams can’t get it done. We’ve seen Beachum fail in his brief stint there. They won’t move Gilbert to the left. What else are they to do? At 0-4 with more problems than just LT…can’t bet the farm and act like you are going to win the Superbowl. Need to at least try something to keep Ben healthy and make it to next year. Low risk. I don’t think they have given up on the young tackles, but they clearly see the shortcomings of minimal experience with so-so talent.

  • cp72

    This a nice low risk gamble. He may have a future at guard or even a swing tackle. Get his cap number under 2 mil next year and then he becomes an asset.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    One about Levi doesn’t know if Todd Haley is in his corner but- anyway… yes and no, we can’t afford his currently salary but with Levi Brown, we could do a re-do with his agent’s permission. Give him a longer contract with more guaranteed money. Not saying it is a good move but..! I had a feeling Cardinals were asking for our 3rd round, Levi Brown isn’t an UFA like Monroe which is why the price may be higher.

    Whether talent-wise is justified, here’s scenario I see-Levi Brown pans out and excel at either LT or LG, we give up 3rd round in 2015 and get their 4th or 5th. If he doesn’t and we let him go, we give up 6th and get a 7th round.

    Its rarely we see a “gentlemen’s agreement” with this situation but… it just might work. Of course it is all hypothetical but it makes sense to me especially if we can re-do his contract. This is me trying to see Colbert making a good move on a good note, not otherwise like our trend.

  • dgh57

    I agree with what you’re saying but why did it take them so long to realize the minimal experience with so-so talent? They had the whole off season, the draft, through FA, but no they waited until they just had too to get some more depth(minus Whimper) at OT. Seems like a lack of foresight in this regard and a lack talent evaluation to me.

  • Shea Fahr

    …also lack of cap space. The alleged move/play for Long (Rams now) in the offseason was not lack of foresight. We are cap broke and in transition/youth movement.

  • Dr. Doom

    Not here long term, this was for 2013 and no other season. Sometimes things are exactly what they are.

  • dgh57

    The problem with the Long story is that it’s alleged just like the Dwyer trade rumors. We had 9 draft picks at least one of them should’ve been a O-Lineman, at least that would be acknowledging we needed help there. Turns out where we drafted Hawthorne would’ve been a good place to draft one.

  • HiVul

    I would imagine it all depends on how he plays this year. You’re assuming he’s going to be bad, right? If he can somehow come in and be an average NFL LT and get his deal restructured then he’s a much better long term prospect than we currently have.

    Only problem I really have with this deal is I don’t understand why our LT depth didn’t come from the draft. I look at a pick like Landry Jones and think that a second string LT would be much more useful than a 3rd string QB this year. Especially knowing the situation we were in, with veteran depth at QB (Gradkowski) and an inexperienced starter at LT.

  • Richard Edlin

    I suspect they’re expecting a restructure & Brown to be at the Steelers in 2014 and 2015 … if it’s a later year, I suspect that it’s conditional on Brown being in a roster spot at the start of 2014. The steelers are probably giving away a higher pick (3rd round?) in 2015 as they’ll pay for the delay – Steelers were probably worried about giving away another 2014 pick.

  • PA2AK

    Lack of foresight or hindsight is 20/20. They actually thought that their young, #1 #2 picks were going to get it done. With everyone healthy they looked OK. Huge lack of experience, but no one was saying Superbowl or bust before the season started either. Also weren’t many veteran lineman out there that we could afford. The way 2008 & 2009 drafts went have put a big damper on personnel flexibility for the team. I think Adams and Gilbert are still capable of turning into solid lineman (I know, call me crazy).

  • PA2AK

    maybe, but we also spent #2 on gilbert in ’11 and #1 on decastro and #2 on adams in ’12. They addressed the OL situation. Problem is, there are other positions that REALLY needed filled in a hurry. The OL youth were forced into their positions early because ’08 & ’09 drafts sucked/lost the good ones…forced us to keep high priced vets longer. The cap has killed in recent years. Prior to the season starting…the biggest knock on OL was experience. Sure after they prematurely switch the tackles and pouncy goes down…things don’t look great. The offensive calls and carelessness with the football don’t necessarily make the OL look much better either. Maybe rushing Adams back a little early and asking him to change from his more natural position was a bit much?

  • Curtis

    right guard

  • dgh57

    I was mainly talking about the past off season only and I’m aware of the bad past draft and salary cap thing. Even if all they could do is draft a OG and keep Foster as a backup at OG/OT they would’ve at least be acknowledging the OL is a concern. Both Adams/Gilbert didn’t play well enough and couldn’t stay healthy last year to be deemed starter worthy. Then they proceed that up with not drafting a O-Lineman after they knew we had a problem with our OL staying healthy. Seems to me like they were either keeping their fingers crossed that they would both pan out or they’re trying to force the issue of them starting simply because they’re 2nd rd. draft picks. I once thought Gilbert was the worse of the two but have since changed my mind. Adams needs to sit awhile and think where he stands with this team.