November 28, 2021

Joe Schobert Will Be a Cap Casualty

Bleacher Report confirmed tonight what many Browns have feared this season. The new Browns GM, Andrew Berry, appears to be more than willing to let the middle linebacker walk as Schobert could command up to $10 million a year. First and foremost, I do not want to see this guy leave, but at this point, it’s pretty safe to say he will not be in a Browns uniform ever again.

If you need to be armed with any reasons, especially from this past season, why it’s good to have this guy on your roster, let’s let his stats speak for themselves. In 2019, Schobert amassed 133 tackles (including assists), two sacks and an eye-popping four interceptions. As far as the AFC goes, the only linebacker with more interceptions than Schobert was the Colts’ Darius Leonard with five.

Those are some rather impressive numbers, if I may say so myself. What those tackle figures don’t show, however, is that most of Schobert’s work in bringing the opposition down is not near the line of scrimmage. The issue that poses is an obvious flaw in the armor of our run defense. Those aforementioned 133 tackles and assisted tackles is not necessarily a stat to do backflips over. This is especially the case when the other teams’ running backs are putting their own line of scrimmage further and further in their rearview mirror.

It’s a problem. But is it worth letting him go for a projected $10 million a year?

Andrew Berry seems to think so. John Dorsey did as well. Even during Dorsey’s brief stint here in town, it was well known that he was not making a move to even talk to Schobert’s agent. While Berry did, the two parties seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum.

Schobert excels in passing defense schemes and will certainly be a much-needed addition for some team out there in 2020 and beyond. There is no secret the Browns need to bolster that offensive line, especially after Dorsey disrupted it with various moves he made. It is likely the Berry and company will focus their financial resources in this area and as a result, need to let Schobert go to afford such improvements.

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