The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded linebacker Joe Schobert to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN was told.
The terms of the trade were not disclosed. This includes the Steeler’s return package to the Jaguars.
“#Jaguars LB Joe Schobert tells ESPN from what he understands a trade sending him to Pittsburgh is in the works now,” Fowler wrote on Twitter. “Doesn’t have particulars, still processing. ‘Great place to play behind that D-line,’ he said. Mike Tomlin always has been high on Schobert and his coverage ability.”
The Steelers were in need of a linebacker after veteran Vince Williams decided to retire right before the team’s training camp. The team was left with Devin Bush, who injured his left ACL last season, Robert Spillane, Ulysees Gilbert III, safety-turned-linebacker Marcus Allen, and 2021 fourth-round pick Buddy Johnson.
“We’ve got to see what’s going on there,” defensive coordinator Keith Butler said of the team’s composition last week. “We’ve got to find out who’s going to be our best backups. Right now, that’s still in question, I think.”
Schobert played only one season with the Jaguars. He had 141 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and three interceptions in that period. The Jaguars signed him to a five-year, $53.7 million contract with $21.5 million guaranteed in March 2020. As the Steelers had more than $12 million in salary-cap space, they could absorb Schobert’s $7 million salary this season.