Cardinals smart to bring Levi Brown back

Mar 22, 2012, 5:41 PM | Updated: 7:03 pm

*I can’t believe I’m about to write this*

Levi Brown gets a bad rap.

Taken by the Cardinals with the fifth pick in the 2007 NFL
Draft, the offensive lineman has at best adequate, and at
worst…well…Levi Brown.

Sure, he has not missed a game since his rookie season,
starting all 16 (plus playoffs) every year since 2008. And
yes, at 28, he’s in the midst of his prime, a player who
should not see a significant drop off in play anytime
soon.

Still, there are plenty of
fans
who feel the team bringing Brown back was a
mistake on par with drafting him in the first place.

After all, why continue on with a player who, with every
false start or blown pass protection, reminds us that the
team passed on some guy named Adrian Peterson?

Well, because it was the right thing to do.

While Brown is not an elite left tackle like Joe Thomas,
Jake Long or Joe Staley, he is a player who has
started for two playoff teams – one of which reached the
Super Bowl.

Of course, he did so as a right tackle, which is where the
team is rumored to be moving him back to this year. Can
the team find a better left tackle either through the
draft or what’s left in free agency? One would hope so,
but at least the team is not left looking to fill both
tackle spots.

That is how a team backs itself into a corner. That is how
a team drafts Levi Brown in the first place.

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