A former Pittsburgh Steeler has found a new home. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Denver Broncos are signing linebacker Joe Schobert.
As Rapoport tweets, Schobert recently tried out for the team and is being signed to replace the injured Jonas Griffith, who suffered an elbow injury against the Dallas Cowboys.
Pittsburgh traded for Schobert one year and one day ago, acquired from Jacksonville on August 14th for a sixth-round pick. Schobert became an immediate starter and helped fill the void left by the retired Vince Williams. Schobert played in 16 games last season, finishing the year with 112 tackles, second on the team just behind Minkah Fitzpatrick. But Schobert’s play was average at best and he struggled to make impact plays as Pittsburgh finished with a league-worst and historically bad run defense. The Steelers released Schobert in March, and now he’ll try to fight for a roster spot in Denver.
The Steelers added another ex-Jaguars linebacker in Myles Jack this offseason, signing him to a two-year deal. He’s expected to be the team’s every-down linebacker. Devin Bush and Robert Spillane are competing for the starting spot opposite of him. Bush is in the last year of his rookie deal and currently sits as the favorite to start, but Spillane has outplayed him this summer.