Jacksonville Jaguars to sign Joe Schobert: Grade, reaction and more

Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL Free Agency

Former Cleveland Browns linebacker Joe Schobert plans to sign a five-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars in his impending free agency.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have had a major void in the heart of their defense after Paul Posluszny retired after the magical 2017 NFL season. While it has been a difficult offseason for the Jaguars, they make a great move by signing their Poslusnzy of the future former Cleveland Browns linebacker Joe Schobert.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports it will be a five-year deal worth $53.75 million. Schobert will be under contract through his age-30 season in Jacksonville, not hitting free agency again until 2025 at age-31. This is a solid, team-friendly long-term deal that can help the Jaguars in the coming years as they look to rebuild. Schobert also doesn’t have to pay state income taxes now.

With the Jaguars losing a ton of great defensive players this past year in cornerback Jalen Ramsey, cornerback A.J. Bouye, defensive end Calais Campbell and presumably defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, as the Jaguars are expected to trade him to another team after franchise tagging him, Schobert becomes the new face of the Jaguars defense and a promising one for the 2020s.

Here are the contract details, the national reaction and a grade for Schobert going to the Jaguars.

Contract Details

Per Rapoport, it is a five-year contract at $53.75 million. It’ll be an average salary of $10.75 million. Schobert will get $12 million upon signing the contract on Wednesday and $22.5 million of the $53.75 million will be fully guaranteed.

The Jaguars made a bold statement by making Schobert the new leader of their defense in the wake of losing Posluszny and Campbell recently.

National Reaction

This deal is coming across as one of the better tentative signings made in free agency up to this point. Of course, this deal cannot be official until the start of the new league year on Wednesday. However, this contract is the right length and the right dollar amount for a player still yet to hit his prime. Despite a down year in 2019, Schobert was Pro Bowler as a second year player in 2017.

Schobert is a tackling machine and has great coverage skills for a linebacker. With only three career games missed in his four years with the Browns, Jacksonville landed a culture changer on defense for a reasonable price. He doesn’t have to be the best player on this new era of the Jaguars defense, but he’s being paid to be the tone setter this organization desperately needs.

Grade: A

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