The Steelers were not only able to acquire Joe Schobert to help boost their linebacker production, but they were able to do so with his former team paying a significant portion of his contract.
Even though Pittsburgh will now see the benefits of Schobert’s play, Jacksonville will still pay $3.65 million to Schobert to complete the trade that sent him to the Steelers for a sixth-round draft pick in 2022, according to a report by Pro Football Talk.
The $3.65 million will end up being half of what the 27-year-old linebacker is scheduled to make this season. That includes his per-game roster bonuses.
Schobert was a fourth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns out of Wisconsin in 2016. After four seasons in Cleveland, Schobert joined the Jaguars on a five-year, $53.75 million free agent contract.
Schobert started all 16 games in each of the last two seasons and has played in a total of 77 games in his career, with 65 starts. He’s been his team’s primary starter as a middle linebacker in each of the last four seasons.