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Ex-Steelers Linebacker Visits Saints: Report

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joe Schobert is visiting with the New Orleans Saints after Nick Underhillcovering the Saints for New Orleans.Football.

Schobert, 28, has been looking for a new team since the Steelers hit March 17, 2022. His release came as no surprise as his $8.75 million salary for 2022 has billed him as the team’s top cut candidate. When Pittsburgh signed former Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack to take his spot on the roster. It was clear that his days in Pittsburgh were numbered.

Schobert — 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds — was a fourth-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2016 NFL Draft, selected No. 99 overall from Wisconsin. He spent four seasons in Cleveland and penned a 2017 Pro Bowl campaign that led to a five-year, $53.75 million contract as a free agent with the Jaguars.

Still, he only made it a year in Jacksonville before the Jaguars dealt him to the Steelers on Aug. 12, 2021, with Schobert’s wife breaking the news before NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The Steelers confirmed the trade two days later, revealing the former Browns linebacker would be coming to Pittsburgh at the expense of a 2022 sixth-round pick.

The trade became necessary after linebacker Vince Williams retired on the eve of training camp, a slight surprise considering Williams signed a new contract on April 15, 2021, a month after the team canceled his existing contract to Saving $4 million against the salary cap.

Schobert started in 15 games in 2021 and was second with the Steelers in tackles (70 solo, 112 overall) according to Pro Football Reference. He also had a half-dozen passes defended, one interception and one forced fumble.

Schobert has played 93 regular-season games (with 80 starts) in his career so far. During that time, he accounted for 661 tackles (406 solo), including 23 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 26 quarterback hits, 10 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.

The pick the Steelers sent to the Jaguars in the Schobert trade (#198 overall) was ultimately used by the Philadelphia Eagles, who used it to pick SMU tight-end grant Calcaterra.

The Steelers are moving forward with an inside linebacker group consisting of Jack and former top-10 overall winner Devin Bush Jr. (who is on one year of contract since the Steelers refused to take his fifth-year option ).

The unit also consists of Robert ‘Front of the Plane’ Spillane, Ulysees Gilbert III, converted security guard Marcus Allen, 2021 fourth-round Buddy Johnson and 2022 seventh-round Mark Robinson, the latter of whom only has one season’s experience than did a linebacker who converted from running back while at Ole Miss.

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Meanwhile, the Steelers released cornerback Isaiah Johnson on injured reserve on Friday after Aaron Wilson by Pro Football Network.

Pittsburgh added Johnson to their practice team on December 14, 2021, and placed the former Raiders fourth-rounder on a one-year reserve/futures contract in January 2022. The 26-year-old – who has 19 regular-season games – was waived injured on May 10, setting the stage for his release from IR with an injury rule.

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