3 Steelers playing for a 2022 roster spot in the last 4 games
By Tommy Jaggi
Steelers LB Joe Schobert
It’s true that Joe Schobert had a sizable contract that came with him when Pittsburgh traded for the former Jacksonville linebacker just before the season. Fortunately, the Steelers can get out of his contract with limited dead money following the 2022 season if they feel he hasn’t shown enough. In the process, the team could save a good deal of cap space.
So far, it’s hard to argue that Schobert has been worth his weight in gold. In the past, the former Pro Bowl linebacker has been sound in coverage and has a history of creating splash plays. Sadly, the Steelers haven’t seen hardly any of this during his first season in Pittsburgh.
The lack of a quality defensive line certainly plays a factor, and Schobert and Bush are often swallowed up against the run when guards get to the second level. However, it’s hard to toss all the blame to the decimated defensive line.
Schobert is certainly worthy of a roster spot, but not at the current price they would owe him, and the Steelers could save $7.8 million in cap space by cutting him loose in 2022. He needs to play out his mind down the stretch in order to keep his job on this team.