The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded Linebacker Joe Schobert to the Pittsburgh Steelers for late-round draft compensation. The Steelers had a hole at linebacker and this move fills that need. Pittsburgh has a limited competitive window with no clear plan for when Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger retires. This will plug a hole with their defense and help them compete in a tough AFC North. The Jaguars are clearly in a new era with a new Head Coach and moved on from Schobert’s $7.3 million owed this season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 13, 2021
The Steelers turned David DeCastro’s release into:
& Joe Schobert
This is a huge win for a guard that probably never plays this year
— Michael Beck (@MichaelBeck56) August 13, 2021
Last year with the Jaguars, Schobert had 141 total tackles with 84 solo tackles. He also posted 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, three interceptions, and a touchdown for the defense. The Linebacker was a solid anchor for the Jaguars on defense last year. His numbers could dip on the Steelers but that comes with being around more talented players on defense. This still plugs a hole for the Pittsburgh defense.
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 29, 2020
The former Brown’s linebacker returns to the AFC North and will play against his former team twice this year. He is used to the tough and physical games they play in that division so there shouldn’t be an adjustment. Schobert is a talented linebacker and should help Pittsburgh contend in the AFC North.