Updated: Aug 15, 2021
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News broke in the first quarter of the Steelers-Eagles preseason game last night that the Steelers traded with the Jaguars for inside linebacker Joe Schobert. And the details on what the Steelers gave up have now been released. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Steelers traded a sixth-round pick in 2022 for Schobert. Man, Kevin Colbert just continues to fleece teams in his trades. Getting an inside linebacker like Schobert for just a sixth-round pick is a steal. Schobert is due $7.3 million this year and the Steelers have around $12 million in cap space.
The Steelers had a big void to fill at the inside linebacker position opposite of Devin Bush, as Vince Williams retired prior to training camp and Robert Spillane has not been impressive in coverage throughout training camp and the first two preseason games. Coverage is Schobert's speciality also.
Over the past two seasons, Schobert has recorded seven interceptions, 4.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. Schobert had a career-high four interceptions in 2019 with Cleveland.
Schobert, 27, signed a five-year, $53.75 million deal with Jaguars before the 2020 season. He started all 16 games for Jacksonville last season, making 141 tackles with three interceptions and two forced fumbles. He also returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown.
Schobert was a fourth-round pick by the Browns in 2016 and he started 49 games during his tenure in Cleveland. Schobert led the league in tackles in 2017 with 144 when he made his only Pro Bowl.
According to Jeremey Fowler of ESPN, Schobert says from what he understands a trade sending him to Pittsburgh is in the works now. He doesn't have particulars, still processing. "Great place to play behind that D-line," he said.
Fowler notes that Mike Tomlin always has been high on Schobert and his coverage ability
Schobert played with both T.J. and Derek Watt at Wisconsin.