Levi Brown Trade: Was It Worth It for the Arizona Cardinals?
It turns out that the Arizona Cardinals get nothing in return for trading former top-10 pick Levi Brown to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Well, the Cardinals did get a team without Levi Brown, which can be seen as a good trade.
The Steelers had announced that they acquired Brown in a trade for a conditional draft pick. That meant the round of the pick would depend on how much Brown sucked, or didn't suck.
However, Kent Somers reports a league rule that a player who spent the previous season on injured reserve, which would include Brown, that player needs to be on the new team's active roster for five weeks in order to get the compensation.
That didn't happen, since Brown's out for the year after hurting himself in pre-game warm-ups with the Steelers, before ever seeing a snap.
So the Cardinals don't get the pick.
Brown's salary still works against the Cardinals salary cap for next season, but the penalty is less than if Brown had stayed on the team, according to Somers' report.
So, even though the Cardinals receive absolutely nothing in exchange for Brown, the fifth overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft, do you think it's a good trade?
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