Offensive tackle Levi Brown will be traded from the Arizona Cardinals to the Pittsburgh Steelers pending a physical Wednesday.
Brown, owed more than $3.6 million, is signed through 2014. His salary next season is $6 million.
According to the website Pro Football Focus, Brown has played 269 plays and graded out poorly as a pass blocker but very well in run-blocking.
The Steelers are hoping to upgrade over Mike Adams, who had a difficult time in one-on-one matchups with Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and hasn't been great as a run blocker, either.
Brown was a first-round pick (fifth overall) in 2007 and was with the Cardinals when current Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley held the same job in Arizona (2007-08). His learning curve should be rapid. The Steelers are entering their bye week and return to the field Oct. 13, playing the New York Jets in New Jersey.
Bradley Sowell is the projected starter at left tackle with Brown gone.