GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Todd Heap #86, Levi Brown #75, Sione Fua #94, Jeff King #87, David Carter #79, Lyle Sendlein #63, Daryn Colledge #71 and Vonnie Holliday #91 of the Arizona Cardinals walk off the field before the NFL season opening game against the Carolina Panthers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the Panthers 28-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
As noted in a an earlier Fanshot, the Arizona Cardinals have brought back offensive lineman Levi Brown, just days after having released him to relieve their salary cap situation. Cardinals fans have long felt that the offensive line has been perhaps the biggest issue on the team, and the sacks allowed over the past couple of season would support that.
While the specific salary numbers of the contract are not yet known, Adam Schefter tweeted one piece of information.
Two days after they released him, the Cardinals reached agreement with offensive tackle Levi Brown on a cap-friendlier, five-year deal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2012
Five-year deals seem to be the new trend for the Cardinals and their offensive linemen. Last offseason, they signed Daryn Colledge and Lyle Sendlein to deals of the same length, while this week they added Adam Snyder to the mix on a five-year contract.
The cost can't be too high, as there was apparently no other interest initially from teams around the league.
As of now, it is unknown whether Brown will play right tackle or left tackle. It likely will depend on what happens in the rest of the free agency period and in the draft. The team has already visited with tackle Demetrius Bell. Likewise, in many mock drafts, the Cardinals are expected to take a player such as Stanford OT Jonathan Martin.
My guess? Brown plays left tackle again this season and the rookie starts on the right side this season.
The question is now -- how do you feel about the return of Levi Brown?
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