A pair of former Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebackers found new homes Monday, as the Denver Broncos have signed Joe Schobert and the New Orleans Saints added Jon Bostic.
Originally a fourth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2016, Schobert was acquired by Pittsburgh from the Jacksonville Jaguars in a prior to last season. Schobert started 15 games for the Steelers, accounting for 112 tackles, two tackles for loss, an interception and a forced fumble in 2021. He was released by the Steelers in a salary cap-related move earlier this offseason.
Schobert’s signing comes in response to the loss of Denver’s presumptive starting linebacker Jonas Griffith, who suffered an elbow injury in Saturday’s preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.
A second-round draft selection of the Chicago Bears in 2013, Bostic has spent the last three seasons with the Washington Commanders. Bostic started four games for Washington last season, but had his 2021 campaign prematurely cut short with a pectoral injury. Bostic has totaled 550 combined tackles, 30 tackles-for-loss, 9.5 sacks and three interceptions over his nine-year career. Bostic spent the 2018 season with the Steelers.
The Steelers have Myles Jack secured at one inside linebacker spot, with Robert Spillane and Devin Bush battling for the starting role at the other spot, but neither have been able to impress enough to earn a bigger share of the role. Schobert and Bostic landing elsewhere limits the Steelers’ pool of potential outside additions that would already be familiar with the team’s defensive scheme.