Addition of Monroe gives Ravens long term flexibility
The Ravens aren’t the only AFC North team picking up a new left tackle. As Baltimore completes its deal for Eugene Monroe from the Jaguars, so are the Steelers, acquiring Levi Brown from the Cardinals. A former first-round draft pick, Brown, 29, is headed to Pittsburgh for a conditional draft pick (or picks).
Brown apparently will replace Mike Adams at left tackle when the Steelers come back from their bye week this week. But how big of an upgrade will this be for a line pointed to as one of the winless Steelers' big problems?
Adams has allowed four sacks this season and ranks at No. 69 for tackles in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Brown has given up four sacks and ranks No. 60.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn’t have a whole lot to say about the trade.
"I don't have much of a reaction," Roethlisberger said, as reported by the Post-Gazette. "I obviously know the name. . .We'll just have to see what the plan is for him and the other guys that are here."
Adams, a starter at right tackle last season as a rookie and then switched to left during training camp, said: “It's a business. If we're not getting the job done, they have to do what they have to do. I'll just continue to try to get better and keep competing."
Brown was the No. 5 pick overall in the 2007 draft out of Penn State. He started out in the NFL as a right tackle and moved to the left side in 2010. What kind of job has he been doing? The fact that a former first-round selection was traded for a conditional pick kind of answers that question.