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Veteran Joe Schobert has been released by the Denver Broncos.
Schobert has been bouncing around teams for the past few seasons, and he wasn't able to find a long-term home in Denver either. The team wanted to see if he had anything left in the tank, but they clearly don't think they have a use for him. He could possibly find himself on a linebacker-needy team sometime during the season.
The Broncos have signed veteran linebacker Joe Schobert, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The timely signing of Schobert will bring in some much-needed depth at the linebacker position for Denver after they lost Jonas Griffith for 4-to-6 weeks to a dislocated elbow. Schobert, 28, spent last season with the Steelers after a standout start to his career in Jacksonville. In a corresponding move Monday, the Broncos also waived offensive lineman Ben Braden.
Per Tom Pelissero, linebacker Joe Schobert has been released by the Steelers.
The Steelers decided to part ways with Schobert one day after signing linebacker Myles Jack to a two-year, $16 million deal. Since 2017, Schobert is second to Bobby Wagner in most combined tackles in the NFL with 633. The 28-year-old also has 10 interceptions and 10 forced fumbles is his last five seasons so he should draw plenty of interest from other teams in need of a linebacker.
The Jaguars and Joe Schobert reached an agreement on a five-year, $53.75 million contract Tuesday
Schobert has had at least 100 or more tackles in the last three seasons. He totaled 133 tackles with two sacks and four interceptions across 16 games in 2019. Schobert will slot in as Jacksonville's starting middle linebacker. The 26-year old will once again be a solid option in IDP formats.
Joe Schobert finished Sunday's 33-23 loss to the Bengals with five solo tackles, three assisted tackles, and one TFL.
Schobert tailed at the end of this season, recording 37 total tackles and 1.5 TFLs over the last five weeks. Nonetheless, 2019 was a successful individual campaign for the fourth-year linebacker, who set career-bests in multiple categories. Based on his performance this year, he is worthy of a mid-first, early second-round pick next season.