CLEVELAND, Ohio, Dan Labbe — The Browns won’t see their former starting middle linebacker, Joe Schobert, on Saturday night in Jacksonville, but they’ll see him twice a year now with their division rival.
He led the league in tackles in 2017 with 144 and eclipsed 100 tackles in each of his final three seasons in Cleveland. He intercepted six passes, including four in 2019, and forced seven fumbles in his Browns career.
Schobert signed a 5-year, $53.75 million deal with Jacksonville prior to the 2020 season, including $22.5 million guaranteed. He started all 16 games for Jacksonville last season, recording 141 tackles with three interceptions and two forced fumbles. He returned one interception for a touchdown.
The Browns under GM Andrew Berry have preferred to go a more affordable route at linebacker. They signed B.J. Goodson to a one-year deal in 2020 and replaced Goodson this year with Anthony Walker, signed away from the Colts. Walker, a fifth-round pick in 2017, is a year younger than Schobert.