Cleveland Browns: Joe Schobert on the trading block?
Despite being one of the leaders on the Cleveland Browns defense, Joe Schobert could potentially be on the move this offseason.
The Cleveland Browns have one of the more underrated players in the NFL with linebacker Joe Schobert.
However, Schobert’s name is being floated around in trade rumors and could be moved at some point this offseason.
Who in their right mind would suggest such a thing?
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I think that if John Dorsey is actually looking to trade Schobert he has to have his reasons, right? Money? Team chemistry? Lack luster play? This is a contract year for him, sure. Team chemistry, Schobert is a captain and a leader off the field. Insufficient play, he tied for league leading tackles in 2017, and the only reason he didn’t contend for league leading tackles in 2018 is because of injury.
Focus on the money aspect of it all. Would John Dorsey risk losing his best linebacker, one who can contend to lead the league in tackles? Is Schobert worth the money? Yes. Is he worth $17 million a year? Like C.J. Mosley money? No. Mosley isn’t worth that kind of money. If Schobert asks for $10-$14 million, give it to him and maintain your defense for this season and continue the growth.
Joe Schobert earned his spot on this team after being the third string middle linebacker. In 2016 he was a rookie and barely saw the field. With Jamie Collins getting hurt and Tank Carder getting hurt in the preseason, it opened the door for Schobert to step up and start for the Browns.
In 2017 Joe Schobert ended the season with 144 tackles, tying him for league lead in tackles. Schobert has since gone on to become a leader in the locker room, on and off the field too. He is the heart of this defense and taking him away only takes away from the defense that has been built to be so talented in these last two seasons.
Losing your signal caller on the defense, after adding new players, and adding another new defensive coordinator would be a very silly change to make.
The defense is still growing, pay the man and keep him here while this team grows around him. He is young and the talent in this draft is surely deep at linebacker (in my opinion) but he is a building block for this defense and needs to be viewed as just that. He single-handedly help make this defense, taking him away from it would be fool hardy and I think John Dorsey knows that.