Updated: Mar 17
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According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, former Jaguars’ inside linebacker Myles Jack is expected to sign a two-year, $16 million deal with the Steelers.
Jack, 26, started 82 of 88 games since being selected by the Jaguars in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. In his six-year career, Jack has recorded 513 total tackles (335 solos), 6.5 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, 17 quarterback hits, 15 passes defended, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two touchdowns (one pick-six and one fumble recovery). Jack was released by the Jaguars on Tuesday as a cap casualty, saving Jacksonville $8 million in cap space.
Jack produced more than 100 tackles in three of the past four seasons with the Jaguars. In 2019, Jack was rewarded a four-year, $57-million contract in 2019.
The Steelers arguably had the worst inside linebackers duo with Devin Bush and Joe Schobert last year, so Jack is a much-needed addition. The Steelers also got gashed in the run game in 2021, as they allowed 143.8 yards per game on the ground, which ranked dead last.
With Jack solidifying the starting position opposite of Bush, the Steelers will release Schobert, who frees up $7.84 million in cap space. according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Steelers had nearly $30 million in cap room heading into free agency, and they've been more active than ever. The Steelers have signed five outside free agents to deals worth $80.45 million overall. Jack joins quarterback Mitch Trubisky, center/guards Mason Cole and James Daniels, and cornerback Levi Wallace as free agent signees so far.