NFL 2022: Predicting one cap casualty for every team this offseason

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Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Joe Schobert (93) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Pittsburgh Steelers

Potential Cap Casualty: Joe Schobert

*Note: The Eagles’ only realistic cap casualty was Javon Hargrave and considering he was coming off a career year, it seems unlikely they part ways. Thus, like the Dolphins, there is no Eagle cap casualty.

For once in what seems like forever, the Steelers are not in a bad salary cap situation. That said, they could still do with some more money to fill some of the many impending holes. While a lot of the talk is centered around what the team will do with Stephon Tuitt, the reality is that he only saves the Steelers 4 million. Joe Schobert makes far more sense to be released.

The veteran linebacker was brought in for a sixth-round pick before the 2021 season, and while he was a constant on the field, his play was filled with issues. While Devin Bush received a lot of flack for poor play, Schobert was also missing assignments and was proving to be a liability on this defense. While not the worst of the two, Schobert’s play left a lot to be desired in 2021.

If the Steelers decide to make Schobert a cap casualty, they will save $8 million in cap space as a result. While the team isn’t desperate for money this offseason, that cap space could be used far more effectively than on Schobert. Don’t be surprised to see him get cut before free agency starts as the Steelers retool their off-ball linebacker room.