Alright, we’re jumping the gun a little bit. Actually, we’re jumping it a lot, but we’re telling you now to keep an eye on this situation.
The Green Bay Packers have a big decision to make about who will be protecting Aaron Rodgers‘ blind side next season. The team will reportedly release veteran Chad Clifton, who’s scheduled to make a bunch of money and was largely ineffective when he wasn’t injured in 2011.
That leaves them with two potential replacements on the roster — Marshall Newhouse, who filled in for Clifton last season, and Derek Sherrod, the team’s 2011 No. 1 pick. Newhouse was, uh…. uneven as a starter. Sherrod couldn’t crack the starting lineup in training camp and then broke his leg in December. It’s unclear if he’ll be at full strength when training camp starts.
That brings us to Arizona Cardinals tackle Levi Brown. Like most of the guys we’re talking about these days, Brown will have to restructure his contract or get released. He has a salary cap number of $17 million in 2012, the final year of his rookie deal. If the team is serious about pursing Peyton Manning they’re going to do whatever they can to keep Brown, but he isn’t going to play for peanuts.
If Brown gets released, why wouldn’t the Packers take a look? Even if Newhouse continues to develop, he has a long way to go before he’s a top-tier offensive lineman. Even when Sherrod returns, the Packers won’t know if he’s capable of being a starter for a while.
Brown, meanwhile, is a former No. 1 pick, has started all 16 games each of the last four seasons, is 27 and 6-6, 324. No, he’s not a Pro Bowler, but most football people would tell you he’s an upgrade over any left tackle who’s currently on the Packers roster. Short of moving right tackle Bryan Bulaga to the left side, Jones would be an upgrade to what’s currently the weakest position on the offensive line.
Moving Bulaga presents another set of problems though, like who’s going to play right tackle? And can Bulaga play as well on the left side as he did on the right? In other words, there’s no reason to make the move if the right option is available.
Could that option be Levi Brown? We’ll see.
Biggest mistake the Cardinals ever made was taking Levi Brown instead of AP. HAHAHAHAHAHAH! Wouldn’t mind having this guy in the G&G!
Packer fans will be happy with Levi. He’s big, strong and smart. The way he played over the last eight games shows that he belongs in the league. They shouldn’t listen to the same old malcontents from Cardinal Land who can’t get over that they didn’t draft Adrian Peterson back in 2007.
Can’t afford him. Moving on.
Unless you are signing a pro bowl LT I’d rather save the money and develop from within
“Even if Newhouse continues to develop, he has a long way to go before he’s a top-tier offensive lineman.”
But he’ll never develop if he does not play. I’ve read that the Packers think Newhouse is very smart and has learned a tremendous amount in his time there. If he can hit the weight room and put some more beef on those stick legs of his so he can sit in his stance and shuffle the way Clifton used too to avoid being overpowered he can be very good. He has the feet and the hands already, and is almost never caught off balance. As Alan Barbre showed if a Tackle does not have the balance already, he’s never going to learn it.
I live in AZ and watch a lot of Cardinal football – of course only when they play at a different time than the Pack. Brown is a terrible choice for the Packers. Slow feet. Any speed rusher has his way with him. Hope the Packers stay away!