The NFL free agency period has begun and the Arizona Cardinals started off with one move, one that should be seen as no surprise. To comply with salary cap rules, the team released offensive tackle Levi Brown, the team's first-round pick in 2007. The move saves the team $14.5 million in cap space.
Before the move, they were $13.7 million over the cap, so the one move takes care of that.
Brown, in his five seasons with the team, started 75 games. The team is still very much interested in bringing him back. Per Arizona Republic reporter Kent Somers, "Brown and Cardinals never came close in negotiations but the plan is to continue to talk."
Brown is expected to have interest from the rest of the league, as he could be the best tackle available.
Arizona would like to re-sign him. Depending on what happens in free agency and in the NFL Draft, if he were to return, he could either start on the right or left side of the line.
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