The Steelers have traded their 2022 sixth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for former Pro Bowl linebacker Joe Schobert, according to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The pick is the third pick in the 2022 draft the Steelers have traded. They sent their fourth-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for the 2021 fifth-round selection the used on defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk. The Steelers traded their 2022 fifth-round pick to the New York Jets last season for inside linebacker Avery Williamson.
Schobert, 27, is a Wisconsin alum and was a fourth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns 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.
Schobert has 549 career tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, nine forced fumbles and nine interceptions. He was a Pro Bowl selection after his second season in 2017, during which he was the NFL co-leader in tackles with 144.
The Steelers have to replace longtime starting inside linebacker Vince Williams, who retired in June. Robert Spillane has started the team’s first two preseason games, including Thursday alongside Devin Bush.