The Cleveland Browns front office may want to re-think letting defensive leader Joe Schobert leave the organization over a handful of dollars.
Let’s be clear right now, the fans aren’t happy about this move. At least a majority of them aren’t happy. The Cleveland Browns made the decision to move on from Joe Schobert this past weekend. Schobert wanted in the ballpark of $10+ million dollars, and the team wasn’t willing to go up just a little bit to meet his asking price. Instead, he’ll likely garner a bigger deal on the free-agent market when teams line up to bid on his services.
The Browns let Schobert walk and the fans are not having it. With one fan saying, “Tbh good for Joe.. he needs to go to an organization that has their s*** together.” Another fan goes on to say, “Ownership is a complete failure”. “Honestly,” another fan chimed in, “Have we ever gotten anything right?”
This seems to be the sentiment of the fanbase right now on not just Facebook, but Twitter as well, where another fan went on to say, “Terrible mistake by not resigning(sic) him..He’s a great team leader…”
What has to be asked is why is Schobert deemed too expensive at $10.5 million or so, when he’s a Pro Bowl-caliber linebacker, who leads the team in tackles two out of three seasons. Mind you, that third season he trailed by one tackle, and missed a few games. So he is essentially the team’s leading tackler for the last three years.
Not all fans think Schobert’s departure is a bad thing, with some saying he was over-valued and that the teams who want to sign him are going to ‘overpay’ to get him. Yet, they don’t seem to realize that the Browns are overpaying for a lot of talent right now already, namely Odell Beckham Jr. and they don’t seem to mind that. So a productive, healthy leader is somehow less valuable than a banged up, oft-injured, headache?
The fans have a right to be mad, as this is the kind of move that has doomed the franchise in the past. Too many people in the front office think they’re so much smarter than everyone else. This is what dooms franchises. Hopefully, the fans are wrong, and this was the right move.
Yet, 21 years of history support the fan’s anger.