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Ex-Steelers LB works for Broncos; Former Steeler CB signs with Titans

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On Saturday, July 30, former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joe Schobert had a tryout with the Denver Broncos, according to the NFL’s daily transaction news. It’s at least the second tryout Schobert has had in the past two months, after visiting the New Orleans Saints in early to mid-June.

To be honest, it’s a little surprising that the former fourth-round pick hasn’t teamed up with another team since the Steelers sacked him on March 17. To be sure, Schobert wouldn’t have been worth the $8.75 million salary he was expected to earn in 2022, which explains why he was considered Pittsburgh’s top-cut candidate as the offseason began. But it’s hard to understand why he’s not on someone’s 90-person list just yet.

Keep in mind that he’s a former Pro Bowler who has accounted for at least 103 tackles in each of the past five years. Last season, he recorded 112 total tackles (70 solo) with the Steelers, along with a half-dozen passes defended, one interception and one forced fumble, according to Pro Football Reference.

The Steelers acquired Schobert via an August 2021 trade with Jacksonville that included Pittsburgh with a 2022 sixth-round pick. He was replaced in the lineup by another former Jaguars linebacker, namely Myles Jack, who was included in the free hand.

The Steelers aren’t done with Schobert, however, at least not from a salary cap perspective. He is one of at least eight former Steelers totaling $30,863,174 million against the team’s 2022 cap. Schobert’s dead-money ceiling is $1.888 million, the sixth-highest number among the eight ex-players, with now-retired quarterback Ben Roethlisberger being the biggest slice of the pie at $10.344 million.

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Former Steelers cornerback Shakur Brown signed a contract with the Tennessee Titans last Friday.

Pittsburgh inked Brown in May 2021 as a potential replacement for slot cornerback Mike Hilton, who signed a four-year deal with the Bengals in free agency. Brown’s signing was named one of the top five UDFA rookie signings of 2021 by Pro Football Focus, and NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein described his playing style as akin to an angry hornet. But Brown didn’t make it into Pittsburgh’s 53-man roster and didn’t get a spot on the team’s practice squad. He then spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions, and most recently played for the USFL’s Pittsburgh Maulers, where he contributed 36 total tackles.

In other news on Saturday, the Steelers added four people to the organization’s Hall of Honor, bringing the total induction to 49.

This year’s additions are: former tight end Heath Miller (2005-15); former offensive guard Sam Davis (1967-79); the late Ray Mathews (who played for the Steelers 1951-59); and the late radio broadcaster Myron Cope, who died in 2008.

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There were also two injuries that occurred during training on Saturday. According to Ray Fittipaldo the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, linebacker Marcus Allen suffered a hamstring injury and is “under evaluation.”

Then rookie tight end Connor Heyward had to stop practicing after being “rolled up” during 7-on-7 drills after Brian Batko of the post sheet.

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