The Denver Broncos could be a potential landing spot for Joe Schobert if the the Cleveland Browns don’t extend their linebacker soon.
With the Cleveland Browns ignoring Joe Schobert‘s expiring contract, the Denver Broncos may happily throw some money at the former fourth-round pick’s way.
The Browns made news prior to their embarrassing loss to the Cardinals in Week 15, when it was reported that Cleveland hadn’t reached out to their linebacker about putting together a new deal.
Pro Football Network’s Ben Allbright said the Broncos would be interested if Schobert hits the market.
“If Cleveland lets Joe Schobert walk, which it looks like they will considering they have not even offered him, Denver would be intrigued,” said Allbright.
Fan and media have been waiting for something to give on Schobert’s pact, especially after Carolina gave Shaq Thompson a four-year, $54 million contract that came with $28 million guaranteed.
Schobert is probably looking to bank an eight-digit annual average salary, which falls in line with what the top 10 linebackers in the league are making.
You’d better believe Schobert and his agent are well aware of Thompson’s deal. The linebacker said that his agent texted him regarding Thompson’s new pact. They’re looking for a pay day, but unfortunately, it’s probably not going to come from the Browns.
Undoubtedly, Cleveland will have to be salary cap conscious considering the number of their own players who are becoming eligible for contract extensions. Extending Myles Garrett and Baker Mayfield is going to take a big chunk of chap space (Assume Mayfield stops regressing).
That said, by not re-signing Schobert, the Browns are setting themselves up to be weaker at linebacker during the 2020 season.
Tackitacki is slowly finding his way into some defensive snaps, while Wilson plays a lot, he’s inconsistent.
With free agency, there’s always the feeling that if you can’t sign your own player before the end of the season, that player will almost certainly test the market. They’ve made it out of their contract and there’s a demand for what they do, so why not see what’s available.
With two games to go, the Browns are running out of time to re-sign the “quarterback” of their defense.